Mrs Foster – Senior Mental Health Lead

Mr Minter – Senior Mental Health Champion

Mrs Trentham – Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) and Mental Health Champion

Ms Peach – Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)

What is an ELSA
An ELSA is a specialist teaching assistant with a wealth of experience of working with children. ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologists from the local authority. An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and to reach their potential educationally. Their aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home.
What ELSAs can help with
Loss and bereavement
Social skills
Friendship issues
Anger management
Relaxation techniques

We have recently introduced a ‘Worry monster’ in each class. This is a strategy we are hoping the children will be familiar with and understand that their worry is separate to them. They can write it down, feed it to the monster, seeing it as an external problem to them. Sometimes the hardest part when a worry takes over is speaking out and this strategy encourages the children to write their worry down and essentially see it go away. This will support children should they need to release their worries or if they do not feel confident in speaking to the trusted grown up directly. The class teacher will then check these worries and take action/offer guidance where needed. 

As part of our mental health in school we are working on discussing our emotions and triggers and finding ways to support how we feel. The children are learning to develop respect for how our reactions and responses can impact not only ourselves, but also others, and create the opportunity to recognise our own and unique individual needs. 

#WeWill Project

The link below is a promotional video for the Ormiston Families #WeWill Project, that was recently filmed at our school and included some of our children.

The project itself involved training a number of our children to be Wellbeing Ambassadors and over the year, they’ve been supported by one of the #WeWill Team to organise activities, events and even design signs to support the wellbeing of their peers and of the local community.

We hope that you enjoy the video as much as we did!

Ormiston Families #WeWill Project

We are incredibly proud of one of our Wellbeing Ambassadors, Harrison, who won a National Award for the wonderful dedication and fantastic personal development that he has shown. He attended the Awards Ceremony in Birmingham. Well done!