Event Timings

12 September 2022
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Event Details

Event Name
Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) training
Abigail Freedman & Aimee Cole, Education Psychologists

Who should attend:
Learning Support Assistants, Learning Mentors

What is ELSA?
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 (such as TAs and learning mentors) are trained to deliver psychological interventions, usually over 6-12 weeks, to individuals and groups of children and young people. ELS’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 an initial 6-day training programme (with line managers attending half of day 1) and ongoing half-termly supervision, all facilitated by the Educational Psychology Team. After 1 full year of supervision, ELSAs will become fully accredited. ELSAs must then then continue to attend regular supervision to maintain their accreditation.

By signing up to the programme, you are committing to the staff member(s) attending 6 full days of training and ongoing half-termly 2-hour supervision sessions.

ELSAs will be expected to be allocated protected time each week to plan and deliver the ELSA programme, and attend planned supervision sessions.

Initial training package:
Each ELSA will receive 6 days of training (Autumn Term), plus 4 supervision sessions (Spring and Summer Terms). The ELSAs will also be provided with training materials.


Address 1
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Claremont Road


Is there a cost for this service?

£736 per delegate or 12.5 BPSI hours (from your 22/23 allocation) for the 6 days of training and first 4 supervision sessions.
No charge for the Senior leader attending half of Day 1.
Please note that there will be a small yearly cost for ongoing supervision of approximately £300 (6 sessions per year).



This occurs Weekly on Mondays.

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