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Emotional Welfare at Nightingale


Whole School Vision

Nightingale Primary School is a safe and nurturing community where the whole child is at the heart of all that we do.  As respectful and respected individuals , all those at Nightingale will promote and set high expectations around the development of life-long learning skills such as resilience, self-belief and adaptability.

Throughout their Nightingale journey, each child, regardless of starting point, will be given the tools to succeed and the inspiration to meet every challenge head on.  Our pupils will be valued, confident, recognise their own value and will be empowered to make a positive impact upon the world in which they reside.


Every child should feel safe and valued.  Through setting high expectations for behaviours, both social and academic, pupils will have the opportunity to build confidence and resilience.  Pupils will be empowered to make progress, take ownership for their learning and behaviour, understanding the ways in which they impact positively on the diverse communities to which they belong. 



ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant


We are pleased to share information here about our Emotional Support that we have to offer at Nightingale. 


What is ELSA?

ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school when their emotional needs are met. In ELSA sessions we aim to provide support for a wide range of emotional needs:

Recognising Self Esteem

Social Skills

Friendship Skills

Anger Mangement

Loss and Bereavement


Who is our ELSA? 

We are fortunate to have Miss Budd as our qualified ELSA at Nightingale, who has been trained by educational psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or long term emotional needs.


Where does our ELSA sessions take place?

ELSA sessions take place in our own ELSA room within school which provide a calm and consistent safe space for the children to feel supported and nurtured. 


How does ELSA work?

Children are usually referred for ELSA support by their class teacher. Miss Budd and Mrs Sharp will then meet to discuss, identify and prioritise which children require an ELSA programme of support. The identified child's Parents will then be contacted and asked to complete a questionnaire on their child's emotional health and well-being. A programme of support will then be planned and implimented.

At Nightingale, we aim to establish a warm, respectful relationship with a pupil and to provide a reflective space where they are able to share their thoughts and feelings. They will also gain new skills and coping strategies that allow them to manage their feelings.


What do our children think of the ELSA support we provide? 

"I like coming to ELSA because it is fun and Miss Budd listens to me." 

Year 2 pupil


"ELSA has made me feel calm and more confident."

Year 6 pupil


"It is really fun and I like spending time with Miss Budd."

Year 3 pupil


"It gives me time to talk about everything and makes me feel better."

Year 5 pupil


"I'm ok at the moment, but I know I can come to Miss Budd when I am not."

Year 3 pupil


"Miss Budd just gets me and I feel safe."

Year 3 pupil