Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)

This is the initial Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) training course (delivered by Southampton Psychology Service, where the role of the ELSA originated), and includes both practical and theory elements. Successful completion of this course is a requirement for ELSA registration.

The course includes taught sessions, individual reflection, group activities and work at school between sessions.

In order to provide support in school after the course, we require a member of senior staff in a supervisory role for the ELSA to attend on the morning of the fifth day (lunch will be provided).

Length of course

Six days.

Who should attend?

  • Those wishing to become ELSAs
  • Teaching assistants working with pupils who have emotional and behavioural difficulties

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Understand the ELSA role
  • Understand the contribution of emotion to behaviour
  • Understand how to support children emotionally
  • Develop skills in teaching emotional literacy to individuals and small groups
  • Develop knowledge of a variety of resources

Prices for this course

Southampton City Council maintained schools and PVI Early Years & Childcare providers and voluntary organisations: £500

Academies, free schools and other organisations: £600

Course dates and venues

This course is now fully booked.

  • Day 1 – Tuesday 27 February 2024 – Lakeside Centre, Lakeside Country Park, Wide Lane, Eastleigh, SO50 5PD
  • Day 2 – Tuesday 5 March 2024 – Lakeside Centre
  • Day 3 – Tuesday 12 March 2024 – Lakeside Centre
  • Day 4 – Tuesday 19 March 2024 – Lakeside Centre
  • Day 5 – Tuesday 26 March 2024 – Highpoint, Bursledon Road, Thornhill, Southampton SO19 8BR
  • Day 6 – Tuesday 18 June 2024 – Lakeside Centre

All training days will be 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Lunch will be provided - please ensure that you state any allergies or dietary requirements on your booking form.


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