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Pastoral Care

What is pastoral care?

Pastoral care is the provision schools make to ensure the physical, emotional and mental welfare of all of their pupils.
The pastoral care provision at Hall Orchard CE Primary strives to ensure that all children feel safe, happy, valued and involved in the school community and able to perform to their full potential.

Pastoral care team at Hall Orchard CE Primary

Hall Orchard CE Primary has a team of Pastoral carers led by the Pastoral Lead and a team of LSAs and ELSAs. They have dedicated rooms for one-to-one support and small group sessions.

What is an ELSA?

ELSAs are Emotional Literacy Support Assistants who have had special training from educational psychologists to support the emotional development of children and young people in school. ​

ELSAs are warm, kind and caring people who want to make children and young people feel happy in school and to reach their potential socially, emotionally and academically. They understand the barriers to learning that some children and young people might have and can help them with this.​

They can support the children and young person’s emotional development and help them cope with life’s challenges. ELSAs will also help children and young people to find solutions to problems they might have.​

An ELSA is not there to fix problems but to help them find their own solutions and offer that important support to a child or young person​.

What can an ELSA help with?
  • Loss and bereavement​

  • Emotional Literacy and self-esteem​

  • Social Skills​

  • Friendship issues and relationships​

  • Managing strong feelings and problem-solving​

  • Anxiety and worries​

  • Bullying and Conflict​

  • Emotional Regulation​

  • Growth Mindset​

  • Social and therapeutic stories