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Pastoral Support



At The Crescent Primary school we are committed to developing the ‘whole child’. This includes not only the academic side of school, but also the physical, social and emotional well-being of the child. We strive to create a caring and supportive environment where young people feel happy, secure, confident and valued in order to achieve their best in the classroom. We offer pastoral support to pupils to ensure that our children feel safe and secure and know that there are adults within school who they can talk to and who will listen to them. Our aim is to ensure that each child has access to guidance and support, where necessary, and to enable each child to fulfil their own potential academically, socially and emotionally.




  • ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support): ELSAs are teaching assistants who have received specific additional training from Educational Psychologists from whom they receive ongoing supervision following training. Their role is to support children in school to understand and regulate their own emotions, providing them with the strategies/tools they need to be able to help themselves. This leaflet further explains ELSA support. ELSA.pdf


  • FEIPS (Framework for Enhanced Individual Pastoral Support): A FEIPS Practitioner is a specially trained member of staff who can offer a young person a safe and supportive environment to talk about difficult issues in confidence. A FEIPS Practitioner is not a Counsellor, but does use counselling skills. FEIPS Practitioners have regular professional supervision from Educational Psychologists, experienced Counsellors or Therapists to help them with their work.  This leaflet further explains FEIPS support. FEIPS.pdf


  • Drawing & Talking Therapy: Drawing enables a child to express worries and concerns from deep in the mind in a visual format, enabling a safe expression from the sub-conscious. Expressing old hurts and present worries through drawing, with someone who is receptive to the emotions being expressed in the picture, enables old traumas to be healed. Over time, the child becomes more able to control their behaviour and better able to access the curriculum.  This leaflet shows how Drawing & Talking Therapy can help. Drawing &Talking.pdf


  • Lunchtime Nurture Group: Children who struggle on the playground with behaviour or friendship issues are invited to attend the lunchtime nurture group. Children can come alone or bring a friend. There are a variety of games and activities available.


  • Worry Box: There are 3 worry boxes in school. Children fill out one of the cards provided and post it in the box. An ELSA contacts each child individually to discuss the worry and offer advice and support. Sometimes a need for further pastoral support is identified and targeted support can begin.


  • Prayer Box: A child writes a prayer to God and posts it into the Prayer Box. The slips are collected weekly and they are recorded in a book. The prayer group meets to read the prayers and pray for the children. No contact is made with the child (normal safeguarding rules apply).


  • Impromptu guidance and support for children. The pastoral team are accessible throughout the day to talk to children as needed.


The pastoral team undertakes ongoing relevant training so that they are able to develop productive and supportive relationships with children to meet their needs.


If you have any queries regarding Pastoral Support, please contact Eithne Howard in the first instance.


Tel: 023 8061 2536

Email: E.Howard@crescent.hants.sch.uk

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