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