Karen Lunnon: My role as Home School Link Worker, ELSA and FEIPS Practitioner
How is FEIPS (Framework for Enhanced Individual Pastoral Support) different to ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)?
ELSA involves the identification of specific emotional literacy targets towards which the pupil works, guided by the ELSA through a carefully planned programme of support. Whilst ELSA's deliver skills-based programmes, FEIPS sessions are more pupil-led. The FEIPS Practitioner facilitates a helping conversation using counselling practices. Simply put, ELSA teaches skills and FEIPS offers a time to talk.
Examples where ELSA would be more useful than FEIPS:
- To recognise and understand emotions
- To learn friendship skills
- To learn social skills
- To learn ways to cope with feelings of anger
- To learn calming strategies
Look out for indicators that a child may need a referral for FEIPS:
- Standard of work dropping dramatically
- Becoming subdued or over-excited
- Sudden changes, marked mood swings and/or behaviour that appears out of character
- school refusal
- those who bully others and those who are victims of bullying behaviour
- Have difficulties due to family breakdown
- Peer group difficulties/relationships
- Have been bereaved or suffered loss or separation
I am fully trained and accredited to deliver the Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme). The programme is aimed to help parents develop strategies for dealing with a variety of childhood behaviour problems.
The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program - is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world, backed up by more than 30 years of ongoing research. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage their children’s behaviour, prevent problems developing and build strong, healthy relationships. Triple P is currently used successfully in 25 countries.
Jointly with Mengham Infant School, we will be running 8 week courses (4 weeks of meetings, 3 weeks of half hour follow up telephone conversations and a final meeting) from September. This will enable families to make good choices and help children learn to modify their behaviour and make ‘the right’ choices when faced with difficult situations. It will also give parents an opportunity to meet with other parents and realise that they are not the only ones who face challenges in parenting!
Karen Lunnon from Mengham Junior School or Jo Hawley from Mengham Infant School can be contacted through the school offices to give further information about the Triple P courses that will be running and how to get onto a course.
Pleas click on the link to download our Triple P Leaflet.
If a parent has something that they wish to discuss on a 1:1 basis, then an appointment can be made with me. Sometimes during these meetings it could be felt that a child would benefit from some ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) time with me. My role as the ELSA is to help develop emotional security within the children. If a child is burdened with worries or problems they will struggle to access their learning.