ELSA Training

ELSA Training Autumn 2024

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.

Use this link to read more detailed guidance for schools: Guidance for Schools.pdf

Use this link for an ELSA job description and person specification: Person&Job Spec.pdf

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

ELSA Training Summer 2024

ELSA Course Booking Terms & Conditions.

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


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.

"Trainers were amazing and very engaging. Will effect my daily practice – not just in work".

ELSA Trainee

"Really enjoyed the course. Learnt a lot I can apply in school. Lucy and Kelly made it really pacey and engaging. Resources were useful. Would highly recommend."

ELSA Trainee

"I have truly enjoyed learning from Kelly and Lucy. Light hearted, with a good measure of activities and as in depth as the time allowed. I hope to join them for top-up training".

ELSA Trainee

"Really enjoyed the training. Feel that I am now well prepared to start my role as an ELSA. Thank you".

ELSA Trainee

"Useful resources and guidance to support practice that is already in place, these will help me have a more structured approach to sessions".

ELSA Trainee

"Really enjoyed the training, lots of practical guidance and useful activities. The theory made me re-evaluate practice".

ELSA Trainee

"Thoroughly enjoyed the course, both Kelly and Lucy are very approachable and supportive. Feel a lot more confident navigating my role now".

ELSA Trainee

"I feel inspired and full of hope as how this can be used to support our children".

ELSA Trainee

"Very interactive, loved the warm up tasks and after activities. The entire course was really good".

ELSA Trainee