Amanda Derer is our Parent Support Advisor; she is able to offer support for families in a number of different ways: liaising with the council; application for grants; basic behaviour support; basic nutrition advice and support for attendance.
For an informal chat with Amanda or support with a more detailed family support plan (FSP) please contact her by emailing: email@example.com or calling the school office.
Amanda is at George White Junior School every Thursday and Friday. She also works at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School every Monday and Tuesday.
Nicki Alderton and Lou Burman provide emotional and mental health/well-being support for pupils through their ELSA work. ELSA referrals can be requested by parents and carers to Lou and Nicki by either talking to our school SENCo Ms Connor or contacting Nicky or Lou directly.
ELSA is (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) intervention which was originally developed within Southampton, then Hampshire, by Sheila Burton, Educational Psychologist. It was designed to build the capacity of schools to support the emotional needs of their pupils from within their own resources. This is achieved by training teaching assistants to develop and deliver individualised support programmes to meet the emotional needs of children and teenagers in their care. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed. This intervention is now widely implemented by educational psychologists across Britain.
ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists, who apply their professional knowledge of children’s social and emotional development to areas of need experienced by pupils. They provide on-going professional supervision to help maintain high quality in the work undertaken by ELSAs, thereby helping to ensure safe practice for ELSAs and pupils alike.
More information can be found linked: https://www.elsanetwork.org/about/