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Home School Link Work & Emotional Literacy Support

At Sarisbury, we understand the importance of working in partnership to support children and families. Building positive relationships within our family community are important to us as well as offering the support for your child with their social and/or emotional well-being.

Mrs Durnford is our Home School Link Worker (HSLW) and Lead Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) and can offer support for the following:

  • if you are experiencing difficulties with your child’s behaviour or emotional well-being
  • if you would like support while coping with life changes such as parental separation and bereavement
  • if you would like help with your child’s attendance
  • if you would like help with wider issues of difficulties impacting family life e.g. illness, domestic violence, disability, financial difficulties
  • if you would like support in forging positive relationships with the school
  • if you need signposting to other services for support, help and advice
  • if you need help to make early help referrals to enable multi-agency family support

If you would like to ask about any of the above then please contact Mrs Durnford by telephone (01489 573000), by email ( or simply drop in at Reception.

Mrs Durnford works Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 4:00pm and so is available on most days for an informal chat or to book a more formal appointment. She can also be found on the school playground from 8:30am on most days.

The following websites are also a helpful source of support and further information: a free educational resource on children and young people’s emotional well-being our school nursing team can also hold drop in visits and workshops at school; details will be advertised for lots of ideas about healthy eating and keeping active for all the family for some tips and guidance about talking to your child about keeping safe including ‘talk pants’ downloadable leaflet detailing five easy rules to help your child stay safe for parents and carers on how to get the best out of family life