ELSA Training


An ELSA is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant.

South East Psychology CIC is a registered provider of ELSA training and supervision and has a long and successful track record of providing ELSA training and on-going support and supervision for ELSAs in schools.

The ELSA programme is a six day course delivered by two HCPC registered educational psychologists. It aims to equip teaching assistants, teachers or other staff such as Learning Mentors or Family Liaison Officers with the skills and resources to provide direct individual and small group support to students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Follow up group supervision/ support is a compulsory element of the training. The training is suitable for staff working in primary, secondary and special schools.

The comprehensive course covers:

  • Emotional literacy/ raising emotional awareness
  • Resilience
  • Active listening and communication skills
  • Self-regulation/ anger management
  • Working with puppets
  • Social skills
  • Friendships skills
  • Loss & bereavement

For further information about the ELSA programme visit the ELSA Network website:


Information on our latest ELSA Training Course can be found at:

ELSA Courses 2021

ELSA courses can be commissioned and held in individual schools or participants can attend training which is held annually in our training room in Ladywell. Please contact us for dates of future training courses.

Contact us information about forthcoming ELSA training or make an enquiry.

"I have really enjoyed this course for many reasons. Very engaging both the content and delivery. Good mix of video clips, direct information giving, group work, trying resources. Great venue, real treat to be so well looked after. A great group of people to work with."

ELSA Training 3 November 2019

"I felt the training was extremely informative, with lots of opportunity presented to role-play situations. Lucy was an excellent trainer, ably assisted by Sam."

ELSA Training 1 November 2019

"I have really enjoyed my time; the learning has been very useful and I use it a lot in my daily role. I’m looking forward to supervision and really getting into my craft."

ELSA Training 2 November 2019

"Helpful to set targets and discuss specifics of sessions in the group. Really useful to share resources / ideas. There was enough theory to underpin the sessions we will be running, but not too much to be overwhelming."

ELSA Training 5 November 2019

"I really enjoyed the course. I’ve been thinking and pre preparing policy resources to help use with non-verbal student. Looking forward to supervision."

ELSA Training 4 November 2019

"I enjoyed the training and think it’s very useful. It really makes you think how you did things and opens your mind."

ELSA Trainee 1- 2021

"As a TA I was already doing some ELSA work without knowing it. The training has helped to focus on the emotional side."

ELSA Trainee 2 – 2021

"Thank you for a great training! I genuinely enjoyed each and every moment of it. I feel a lot more confident within my role."

ELSA Trainee 3 – 2021

"I have learnt so much, understanding about how actions effect our emotions. I now feel I have much more confidence to break down barriers to help support the children I work with."

ELSA Trainee 4 – 2021

"Thank you so much for an informative course. I have really enjoyed learning and am excited to embark on my ELSA journey. You really navigated the challenging COVID situation well too."

ELSA Trainee 5 – 2021

"Really helpful and enjoyable – especially during COVID and all the changes that needed to be made."

ELSA Trainee 6 – 2021