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Wellbeing and ELSA

Please note, our page for mental health during the Covid-19 crisis is located HERE (click link) 

The national focus on children and young people’s mental health in recent years has been long overdue and welcome. The new funds government have invested in this area have generated a wealth of activity and momentum to transform our children and young people’s mental health services.  But no matter how much our ‘treatment’ services improve, there is always more that we can do to make lives better. 

At Rackham, we believe it is vital that our curriculum includes lessons on how to understand and look after mental health – just like we learn how to look after our physical health. By shifting the focus to preventing mental health problems and building resilience we can do so much to improve the lives of so many. Good wellbeing on leaving school has a much greater impact on life outcomes than exam success.  


At Rackham, every pupil is known and happiness is important. That is why our pastoral care is second-to-none.


Happiness Counts.

Happiness is key to our health, relationships, our ability to perform, to think and to create. We believe that young people achieve their best if they are happy at school. We listen to our students and value their well-being. Our approach encourages a sense of community, support and compassion from Reception through to Year 6 and beyond. 


Our Pastoral Care.

Our approach to pastoral care is grounded in love, respect and trust to create a secure environment full of joy, in which every pupil is known.

Our nurturing approach encourages students to gain a sense of their own worth and promotes emotional well-being. We help them to build the courage and resilience required to realise their full potential.

In daily school life, we build a strong moral and spiritual framework based on our values as a Church School. This enables our students to explore, understand and manage the challenges of today’s society.


Ms. Smith is our Family Engagement and Safeguarding Officer within school. Ms. Smith is always available to meet with parents to discuss any concerns or difficulties you may be experiencing with your children at home and their relationship with school. Please contact the school office to arrange a time to chat with Ms. Smith in the first instance... she is very friendly and approachable and has been a huge asset to the school due to the help and support she readily offers to our pupils and their families.




ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

An ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) is a member of Staff who is trained to support children in the development of their emotional literacy.


What is emotional literacy?

. Understanding and coping with the feelings about ourselves and others

. Developing high self-esteem and positive interactions with others

. Being emotionally literate helps children focus better on their learning


Some of the areas the ELSA may work on:

. Recognising emotions

. Self-esteem

. Social skills

. Friendship skills

. Anger management

. Loss and bereavement


How does the ELSA work?

. A regular slot during the school week of around 30 minutes

. Sessions may be on a one off basis

. Sessions can be individual or in small groups and are tailored to the child's individual needs

. Sessions are fun and might include role play, board games, arts and crafts and stories

. They include time to talk

. A pupils progress will be reviewed


As a parent/carer how can you help?

. By informing the class teacher if there are any issues that may effect your child

. Please feel free to contact your child's teacher or ELSA if you have any questions


The ELSA in this school is Mrs Alison Pooley


Our Values