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Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) training

Who should attend:
Learning Support Assistants, Learning Mentors  (Senior leaders e.g. SENCOs, Inclusion Leaders are also requested to attend for half a day on day 1 at no charge).

ELSA is an evidence-based training programme for Barnet schools organised by the Educational Psychology Team (in collaboration with Barnet Virtual School).

ELSA is a programme which builds capacity within primary and secondary schools to support children and young people’s social and emotional needs. Support assistants are trained to deliver psychological interventions, usually over 6-12 weeks, to individuals and groups of children and young people. ELSA’s provide planned and focused interventions, providing young people with a safe space to understand and express their feelings, develop coping skills and build resilience.

ELSA supports a range of needs in children and young people, which may include

  • Low confidence & anxiety
  • Bereavement, loss & trauma
  • Limited understanding of emotions in themselves and others
  • Emotional regulation needs
  • Peer relationship difficulties
ELSAs attend a 6 day training, followed by half-termly supervision with an Educational Psychologist.

Once completed ELSAs become fully registered with the national ELSA Network. SENCOs/Inclusion managers/senior leadership who will be overseeing the running of ELSA in their school will be invited to attend a half day training session to help them make sure the ELSA programme has the maximum impact in their school.

The programme will be run by the Barnet Educational Psychology Team.

Leader(s): Amy Gibb and Abigail Freedman, Education Psychologists

Date(s): Day 1: Monday 4 October 2021
Introduction to emotional literacy, ELSA & building emotional literacy awareness in school
Day 2: Monday 11 October 2021
Building resilience (part 1)

Day 3: Monday 18 October 2021

Building resilience (part 2)

Day 4: Tuesday 2 November 2021

Emotional regulation, social & friendship skills

Day 5: Monday 15 November 2021

Loss, bereavement and family break up. Therapeutic stories & Social Stories.

Day 6: Monday 29 November 2021

Active listening & reflective conversations. Using puppets in ELSA work.

Time(s): 09:30 - 15:30 (please arrive from 9am for a prompt start)
Venue: PDC@Claremont, Claremont Road, Cricklewood  NW2 1AB (use old infant entrance)
Format: This is a 6 day course
Provider: Education Psychology Team
Charges: Traded Services -  £580 per delegate or 10 BPSI hours (from 21/22 allocation)  No charge for the Senior leader attending Day 1

The council is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all. If you have any particular needs (for example, access, parking, hearing loop, large print handouts, signing, tape recorders, or specific dietary needs etc) please telephone the Traded Services Business Support Team on (020) 8359 /6306/6325/6341 to discuss your needs.

Closing Date: 27 September 2021

Training & Traded Services Team
Office address: 2 Bristol Avenue, Colindale, NW9 4EW
Tel: 020 8359 6306 / 3057