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Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) East

Six day course to become a fully accredited ELSA followed by regular supervision - plan and deliver emotional literacy programmes to support children in sc

ELSA training is a nationally recognised and evidenced based programme designed to build the capacity of schools to support the emotional needs of their students. It recognises that children and young people learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are addressed. It aims to equip school support staff to identify needs and intervene effectively to help create change for the children and young people with whom they work.

The ELSA programme consists of 6 full days of training, with time in-between each session for reflection. It is designed for Higher Level Teaching Assistants and Teaching Assistants in Primary and Secondary schools. The training is suitable for Teaching Assistants who would like to develop the skills that will help children and young people in their schools who are experiencing temporary or longer term social and emotional needs. Over a short or medium term timescale, the ELSA provides students with a targeted 1:1 or small group intervention.

Following the training, ongoing support is provided by the Educational Psychology Service through half-termly group supervision sessions. This is designed to develop skills and competence, safeguard students and to share progress and practices across and between different educational settings.

ELSA training by the KEPS is now well-established. The feedback from these courses has been incredibly positive with 100% of the course attendees feeling that the course met their training needs in improving their abilities with supporting emotional literacy in school.

The cost includes refreshments, lunch and course materials.

How to book

Please book using CPD Online

*Please note for all courses there will be an additional £300 charge for ELSAs to attend 6 supervision session in the 2020/21 academic year.






Greenbanks MASH


Westfield Road, Garlinge, Margate, Kent CT9 5PA


£600* for ELSA training

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