ELSA & Social & Emotional Support
Class teachers have responsibility for the overall well-being of every child in their class. If you have any concerns regarding your child's social and or emotional development in the first instance please speak to your child's class teacher. If further support is needed, the class teacher will speak to the Inclusion Leader. At this stage it may be that we recommend some ELSA support for your child.
We are very fortunate that at Lytchett Matravers Primary School as we currently have three fully trained ELSAs. Our ELSAs are able to offer support in the following areas;
- Behaviour management
- Family matters
Within our school we are also very fortunate to be able to offer our children two additional education extra activities to help support their social and emotional development alongside ELSA. Class teachers, alongside the Inclusion Leader, identify children to take part in these activities.
Forest school is a long term educational process, which supports children and young people through different aspects of learning and development on a social, emotional and physical level in an outdoor, ideally woodland, environment.
Forest school allows children and young people to come into close contact with nature using all of their senses in creative play, outdoor experiences and new challenges.
Stable school is based upon the successful initiative of ‘Pony Therapy’ which was set up by our school three years ago. This initiative is aimed at supporting your child through different aspects of learning and development on a social, emotional and physical level in an outdoor environment.
Children who are taking part in these sessions will come into close contact with ‘Buddy’, a pony owned by Cheryl Dennett, a parent and former school Governor. The children, through Cheryl, will learn all about how to care and look after ponies.
Known benefits of using animals to support learning include an increase in socialisation, improvements in self-esteem and confidence and an encouragement of nurturance and responsibility.