Wellbeing and Pastoral Support at Anlaby School

ELSA Emotional Literacy Support Assistants


Here at Anlaby, the emotional development of our pupils is just as important as academic success. We recognise that many children will have experiences in life that can impact their mental health and wellbeing and ultimately, their achievement and progress at school.

We want all of our children to build resilience and flourish, regardless of any set-backs they may face, and we take steps to adapt to the needs of the child in order for them to feel happy, valued, safe and listened to.

Our designated nurture area, The Rainbow Room, is a calm and welcoming space where children can take time out if they’re struggling to cope with a problem. We also have 3 trained ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants), who are there to listen and give advice so that pupils can overcome obstacles and make sense of their feelings.

This may be through informal chats or more structured sessions, covering a variety of concerns such as anxiety, anger management, and bereavement or improving social skills. It is also where we hold our lunch club, specifically to help children who have extra needs or feel less confident in the playground during break times.

In addition, staff have received Attachment Disorder awareness training, with key staff members learning strategies that prevent or reduce behaviours often displayed by children who have experienced trauma at an early age. We can, of course, offer advice and sign-post to more targeted services outside of school, for any worries you may have, if required.

If you would like to discuss any concerns over your child’s emotional welfare, please contact their class teacher or Miss Taylor-Wood (Behaviour and Wellbeing), who will be happy to help. Referrals for ELSA support can be made by parents, teachers or the children themselves. 

ELSA - To view a child friendly explanation please click here

For further information and advice on supporting your child with their well-being click on the link below for 10 top tips.

For information and advice on supporting you own well-being as a parent click on the link below for 10 top tips.

Safeguarding Resources for Parents

As part of our School Professional Development for staff we use a range of resources from SSS learning. They also provide a range of resources to support parents with such issues as;

  1. Tackling Sleep Problems in Children and Teens
  2. Supporting Your Child Through School Anxiety
  3. Improving School Attendance
  4. Child Mental Health & Wellbeing
  5. Parental Mental Health & Wellbeing

Please click on the SSS Logo below to access this range of resources.

Supporting Your Child's Mental Health

To support children with their mental health, Miss Taylor Wood has created thes exciting videos with interesting ideas for you to try. So why not give some of our Rainbow Challenges a go!