UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

The ELSA Project in Two Primary Schools: Reflections from Key Stakeholders on the Factors that Influence Implementation

Fairall, Hannah; (2020) The ELSA Project in Two Primary Schools: Reflections from Key Stakeholders on the Factors that Influence Implementation. Doctoral thesis (D.Ed.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

[thumbnail of Hannah Fairall Thesis.pdf]
Preview
Text
Hannah Fairall Thesis.pdf

Download (2MB) | Preview

Abstract

This research examines the structure of the Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) project in two schools at different points in the implementation process. Implementation research is essential because the way interventions are implemented links to intervention outcomes. A mixed methods comparative multiple case study design was adopted, involving two mainstream primary schools at different stages of implementation. Semi-structured one-to-one interviews were conducted with key stakeholders in School 1 (n = 8) and School 2 (n = 7), including the ELSA, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Senior Leadership, teachers and Educational Psychologists (EP). Interview data were thematically analysed. A questionnaire was also circulated to wider school staff. Analyses were conducted separately for each school in order to retain the integrity of each case. Following this themes were examined across the two cases. The schools were found to implement the project in different ways, and some practices did not adhere to ELSA guidance. Intervention length was longer in School 1 than guidance outlines. In School 2, there was an absence of intervention endings, the ELSA supported pupils with complex behavioural needs as opposed to a wider range of needs, and ELSA support often operated in a reactive way. Factors found to facilitate implementation consistent with the espoused approach include: a mental health ethos, Link EP support, shared responsibility for mental health across school staff and practices in endings which acknowledge the ELSA-pupil attachment. Barriers to implementation included: lack of school-wide understanding and support of the ELSA project’s primary task, difficulties incorporating and distinguishing between the intervention and other SEMH provision, blurring of ELSA role boundaries, emotional impact on ELSAs, lack of equality of access in referrals and pupil overdependence on the ELSA. Results indicate that implementation barriers are more prominent in the earlier stages of implementation. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Ed.Psy
Title: The ELSA Project in Two Primary Schools: Reflections from Key Stakeholders on the Factors that Influence Implementation
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2020. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10109340
Downloads since deposit
913Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item