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Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) Training 2020 (Zoom)

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Course Tutors
Lucy Moore
Admin Contact
SPAR Business Support (
Target Audience
Primary Schools Non-teaching staff / Primary Schools Teaching staff / Secondary Schools Non-teaching staff / Secondary Schools Teaching staff / Special Schools Non-teaching Staff / Special Schools Teaching Staff
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Course Types
Course categories
All Schools / Other
Education Psychology
Course description

ELSAs are teaching assistants or learning mentors in schools or colleges who have been trained as Emotional Literacy Support Assistants.  ELSAs help children and young people learn to understand their emotions and respect the feelings of those around them.  ELSAs plan and deliver individual and small group programmes in schools with access to support from educational psychologists through group supervision and individual contact. 

The Educational Psychology team will deliver 8 x 1.5 hour online webinar sessions on aspects of emotional literacy including :

  • Emotional awareness

  • Self-esteem

  • Anger management

  • Social and friendship skills

  • Social communication difficulties

  • Loss, bereavement and family break-up

There will be a mix of direct teaching, opportunities for discussion and activities.  Learning will be supplemented through signposting to relevant reading and resources and take away homework activities.  




Training objectives

Through the training ELSAs learn about specific techniques such as :

  • Active listening

  • Writing social stories to help children understand social routines

  • Facilitating the Circle of Friends intervention

Learning outcomes

To become competant in using the skills and techniques required to undertake the role of ELSA.

Additional Information

Attendance is required at all 8 webinar training sessions with a further committment to attend half-termly educational psychologist-led supervision sessions from January 2021 (again via webinar sessions) and a committment from the school to release their trained ELSA for at least the equivalent of one day a week for intervention, preparation and delivery.

The 2020 training fee also includes the cost of all supervision sessions from Janury - July 2021.

Start Date
Wednesday 30 September 2020
End Date
Wednesday 25 November 2020
Closing Date
Tuesday 29 September 2020
13:00 - 15:00
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