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Sir John Sherbrooke Junior School

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Hi and welcome to our ELSA page!


My name is Mrs Ramsden and I will soon be working in school as a Teaching Partner and ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant). I have worked as a Teaching Partner at Sir John Sherbrooke for many year, supporting and teaching children across the school. Over the years I have developed some wonderful relationships with the children, past and present and have really loved helping the children in anyway I can.  I am currently receiving specialist training from Nottinghamshire's Educational Child Psychologists to work as an ELSA.  ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologists in your Local education authority.

At some time in our lives we all experience difficulties and unfortunately children are not immune to the same problems adults encounter.  At school we recognise the need to support your child through these difficult periods in their lives. In my role as an ELSA, I want to help your child feel happy in school and to reach their potential educationally.  Our aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home. My support will be delivered in a caring, supportive and fun way.  I try to help children find ways to cope with their challenges by helping them build the skills that will help them be able to cope and work through the problems.

Please do come and talk to me in school if you have any problems with your child.


ELSA's can help with:

Loss and bereavement


Social skills


Friendship issues


Anger management





Relaxation techniques


Until my training is fully completed, Mrs Devenish and I will continue to do our specialist wellbeing sessions and school continues to have Ruth Cumberland, our Emotional, Wellbeing and Therapeutic Teacher work in school a day and a half a week.

The Bye Bye Boat meditation

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A short meditation to help calm and let go of anxieties and fears.

School is Closing - Social Story

Coronavirus Social Contact - Social Story

We are at home right now - Social Story

Peaceful Butterfly - Mindfulness Meditation

A guided relaxation, ideal for bedtime, to help calm body and mind.
(From Green Child)

Happy Heart - Mindfulness Meditation

A guided relaxation, suitable for any time of the day, to help ease your worries and sadness.
(From Green Child)

Inner Kingdom - Mindfulness Meditation

A guided relaxation, to be used at any time, for self-esteem.
(From Green Child)

Lakeside - Mindfulness Meditation

A guided relaxation, good for anytime, to help release worries and stress.
(From Green Child)

Underrstanding Anger - Mindfulness Meditation

A guided relaxation, to be used anytime of the day as needed, to help a child learn to process their anger in a healthy way.
(From Green Child)

Calm down dice - a make and play activity that teaches good strategies to use when anxious or angry.

Happy Place - A visualisatiion technique for when things get a bit tough.

Art Therapy - Another amazing resource from the fabulous ELSA Support website!

  • Sir John Sherbrooke Junior School,
  • Flatts Lane, Calverton, Nottingham,
  • Nottinghamshire, NG14 6JZ,