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ELSA TRAINING 2019 - 2020

Accredited Emotional Literacy Support Assistant Training

Emotional Literacy Support Assistants - Course Details

ELSAs are Emotional Literacy Support Assistants who support the social and emotional needs of children and young people. ELSA is a preventive, whole school approach which embeds the programme at a systemic level so that schools can better meet the needs of vulnerable children and young people from within their own resources.

Furthermore, ELSAs can support the school’s preparations for the implementation of the DfE statutory Relationships Education and RSE in September 2020.  The draft guidance (February 2019) specifically alludes to the promotion of psychological well-being, self-regulation and building self-efficacy. 

ELSA training is an 6 day course that aims to support practitioners in developing the emotional literacy and overall resiliency of vulnerable children and young people. There are an additional two days optional training on Attachment, Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Emotion Coaching.

ELSAs are trained to plan and deliver programmes of support for pupils in their school or setting.

The course will cover the following topics and all training days and supervision sessions will be delivered by specialist Educational Psychologists:

  • Attachment Aware and Trauma Informed ELSAs

  • ELSA and Emotional Literacy in Schools

  • Building Resilience and Self-Esteem: Part 1

  • Building Resilience and Self-Esteem: Part 2

  • Understanding Feelings, Social, and Friendship Skills

  • Story Work, Loss, and Bereavement

  • Puppet Work, Active Listening and Reflective Conversations

  • Emotion Coaching  ELSAs

During and After Training ELSAs will be able to:

  • Carry out regular (weekly) half-hour sessions with individual pupils or small groups if this is appropriate.

  • Develop programmes of support that are matched specifically to individual pupil needs.

  • Monitor interventions using appropriate tools for evaluating the impact of interventions for children with SEMH needs.

  • Share ideas with other staff about how best to support pupils in school.

During and After Training ELSAs will receive:

  • A minimum of six days training including an information pack and access to ELSA resources online, prepared and hosted by Summit.

  • Six sessions of mandatory supervision approximately every six weeks until the end of the 2020 academic year.

  • Peer support from the growing ELSA network of trained ELSAs in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent schools.

ELSAs will Need:

The support and commitment of their education community, SLT, and an ELSA line manager.

Please read the following documents before registering an ELSA for training:



2020 - 2021


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This course was amazing.

Dawn is such an inspiration.

It has already had such a positive impact for our children.


What a brilliant course!

I couldn't wait to come back every month to learn more; and I love supervision, it's so helpful to share ideas and talk


We are starting to see the positive impact ELSA is having within our school.

I am thinking I would like to have another staff member trained up and I can imagine there will be a high demand for places on the course.

(Deputy Headteacher)

Hollinsclough CE Academy

Wolstanton High School

Berkswich CE School

All Saints CE First School

Hillside Primary School

Greysbrooke Primary School

Redbrook Hayes Primary School

Flash Ley Primary School

St Leonards First School

Chasetown Community School

Penkridge Middle School

Rural Enterprise Academy

Churchfields Primary School

James Bateman Middle School

Hillcrest Glebedale School

St Marys Catholic Academy

Co-op Academy

2018 - 2019: Summit trained and registered 28 ELSAs