Cranbourne Primary School

Where Learning and Friendships Grow



(ELSA Sessions – Promoting Emotional Literacy at Cranbourne)


Introducing our ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

Mrs Heather Morris is our trained ELSA at Cranbourne Primary School. Mrs Morris is an experienced Learning Support Assistant (LSA), who joined Cranbourne Primary School in September 2013. She currently provides day-to-day classroom support to Years 3 and 4, and alongside our Pastoral Support Practitioner (PSP), delivers programmes of “emotional literacy” support to individuals and small groups of children on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. These sessions are known in school as the “Cranberries” sessions.


What is an ELSA?

Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs) work with children in school to develop specific emotional issues, in the same way that group work addresses any gaps in academic learning. ELSAs are specially trained by educational psychologists to help children and young people to understand their emotions and to respect the feelings of those around them.

The principle is that being “emotionally literate” helps children to focus on their learning, and that any gaps in emotional literacy can adversely affect their learning potential.


What does a “Cranberries” group session involve?

The sessions involve a series of carefully planned activities based on a particular key theme or objective. The sessions last around an hour per week over a 6-week period, providing the time and space for pupils for think about their personal circumstances and how they manage them. The tailored games and activities offered within the sessions help pupils to learn new skills or coping strategies.


Key focus areas:

  • Emotional awareness
  • Anger management
  • Self-esteem
  • Social and communication skills
  • Friendship skills


To contact Mrs Morris, please email  or phone the school office on 01344 882350.