ELSA Training and Supervision - 5 day Training

Join our ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) training course run by Catherine Watson, Educational Psychologist

This training is brought to you by one of Slough Borough Council's Educational Psychologists, Catherine Watson, for the attention of SENCOs, Inclusion Managers and all Teaching Assistants working in schools.

Please note this year this training is only available to Slough schools.

The 5 day course qualifies Teaching Assistants to work as ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) in schools and is followed up with ongoing supervision sessions to embed the programme and support the ELSA.

The course dates are the following:

  • Monday 26th September 2022
  • Monday 17th October 2022
  • Monday 28th November 2022
  • Monday 9th January 2023
  • Monday 20th February 2023

It is essential to attend all sessions held at Meeting Room 1, Arbour Park Stadium, Stoke Road, SL2 5AY from 9.15am - 3.15pm. The charge for the course is £420 + £180 for the first year of supervision + fees.

What is an ELSA?

ELSAs are Emotional Literacy Support Assistants. They are Teaching Assistants who have received specific training from Educational Psychologists from whom they receive on-going supervision following training. Their role is to support children and young people in school to understand and regulate their own emotions, learn to respect others around them and to develop resilience.

How would an ELSA benefit your school?

There has been consistent feedback from schools across the UK that the introduction of ELSAs has made a significant positive impact on the emotional wellbeing of children and young people and their ability to manage better at school — socially, emotionally and academically.

How would it work?

ELSAs will receive five days of training from Educational Psychologists to help them to plan, deliver and evaluate bespoke interventions for identified pupils in their schools. They receive course notes and a copy of 'Emotional Wellbeing: An Introductory Handbook for Schools, by Gillian Shotton & Shiela Burton. Following the initial training ELSAs meet every half term (6 times a year) for a group supervision session with a small group of other ELSAs and an Educational Psychologist. This is 'clinical' supervision to support the ELSAs to develop their role in school, provide a psychological perspective and attend additional training elements (e.g. bereavement in the first year). There is an additional payment of £180 per annum for supervision, the first year of which will be charged for alongside the course fee.

What ELSAs need from their schools?

When sending someone for training as an ELSA it is important that the school is committed to releasing that person from other duties so that the can deliver ELSA programmes. In most schools this will be for a minimum of one day per week (or equivalent) and this should include time to plan, deliver and evaluate programmes. This can be built up as the training programme progresses.