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                                                        Mrs Sarah Leddy                                                                                                   Miss Jenny Courtney
                                                   E.L.S.A Early Learning
                                                     Support Assistant


ELSA sessions and Nurture groups within Martongate Primary School work as part of the schools’s Inclusion and PSHE  (Personal, Social and Health Education) Provision. It’s purpose is to offer children opportunities to re-visit early learning skills and promote and support their social and emotional development.

There is much research evidence that children’s learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional well being, good self esteem and a feeling of belonging to their school community. Nurturing provides children with this opportunity and so helps to develop maturity and resilience. ELSA and Nurture sessions are a time of learning.


Which children attend these sessions?

  • Children may attend ELSA or Nurture sessions for specific reasons, for example:
  • Friendship difficulties – keeping/making friends
  • Quiet, shy, withdrawn
  • Find it hard to listen to others or join in
  • Disruptive towards others
  • Find it hard to accept losing a game
  • Find it hard to share and take turns
  • Find it difficult to settle into class
  • Bullying
  • Low self esteem
  • Poor relationships with adults in school
  • Bereavement
  • Family illness or break up




How will ELSA or nurture sessions help my child?

  • To join in
  • To settle
  • To listen
  • To concentrate
  • To share and take turns
  • To accept losing a game
  • To build up frindships with their classmates
  • It gives them a chance and helps encourage a more positive profile amongst their peers and members of staff


Nurturing Schools Programme

The National Nurturing Schools Programme is a programme that allows staff to develop and embed a nurturing culture throughout their school. It enhances teaching and learning and promotes healthy outcomes for children and young people. The programme focuses on emotional needs and development, as well as academic learning in a whole school environment and enables schools to gain recognition for achieving a higher level of nurturing provision.

At Martongate School, we are currently collecting evidence to enable us to receive this recognition.


Ways You Can Work With Us To Support Your Child

Attend parents’ evening’s and keep in touch with your child’s teacher about any changes that may affect their behaviour in school.

Attend school events such as class assemblies and class trips. The children tell us they feel proud and happy when they see their parents and grandparents in school.

Support your child with homework and encourage them to talk to you about what they have been learning. When children share with you at home it enhances their learning and gives them confidence to succeed in the classroom.

Encourage your child to talk about emotions and feelings with you – the more open we can be about how we are feeling the less likely we are to bottle things up and become withdrawn, angry or depressed.




Useful Links

The National Nurturing schools Programme –

The Nurture Group Network –

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services –

National Childrens Bureau –

Parentline Plus –

Young Minds –


Please click the above image to visit the National Nurturing Schools website