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Emotional Literacy Support Assistant = ELSA = Miss Woodley


Welcome to the ELSA page


For those that don’t know me my name is Miss Woodley. I started working at uplands 5 years ago as a special needs teaching assistant. The last 4 years I have been very fortunate to work with the children as the school ELSA. My role as ELSA is to support children with various needs such as:


  • Friendship difficulties
  • Bereavements
  • Self-esteem
  • Behavior
  • Bullying
  • Emotions
  • Family Breakdowns
  • Service Families


Children can work with me either individually or in small groups depending on the issues being discussed. The support is tailored to the individual needs of the child.


Children can be referred to me by their teacher or they can ask for help themselves by putting a note in my worry boxes that are in every corridor.  The children know my door is always open.


I also run an art group on a Tuesday lunch time and a colouring group on a Thursday lunchtime.


If you feel that your child needs support in any of the above areas and it has not yet been offered, you can also refer your child to me personally as my door is always open to parents too. I am on the school gate every morning or I can be contacted through the school office or email. 





Hi everyone                                                        ,

Wow, where did the summer holidays go! I have very much enjoyed hearing about your adventures over summer. You should all be very proud of yourselves, you have all come back with such enthusiasm and positive attitudes . It has been so nice to see and hear you all accomplishing so much already making a really good start in your new classes and year groups. Especially embracing the new house and points system. It’s been very exciting.



Last year you were all so well behaved and showed such enthusiasm, creativity and respect for each other. It was a real pleasure to run and I really look forward to seeing you all again on a Tuesday lunchtime 12.30 / 1pm. The cost of the group is now 20p a week to cover the cost of materials.



I am also going to be running a colouring club on a Thursday lunch time this term 12.30 / 1pm in the music room open to all year groups. There is no cost for this club.


Please remember if you have a worry you don’t feel you can talk to your teacher about you can use the worry boxes in your corridor or outside my room. You don’t however have to wait to have a worry to come and talk to me, I also have a fabulous thoughts box outside my room or come and see me at break times as I love hearing all your fabulous news too.


Look after each other! wink

Summer Challenge