Emotional Literacy Support Assistant training (ELSA)

The ELSA programme builds the capacity of schools to support the emotional needs of their pupils.

Through training and supervision, the school will have their own ELSAs who are skilled to support young people through their own interventions. The training covers emotional literacy and awareness, self-esteem, active listening and communication skills, understanding and managing anger, social skills, friendship skills and therapeutic stories.

ELSA’s are usually teaching assistants or learning support assistants. They need to have high levels of empathy and also be interested in building supportive relationships with children and young people experiencing emotional difficulties.

“The ELSA training equipped me with the confidence to support children and young people in acknowledging their feelings, which has developed my skills when planning and delivering effect provides access to EPs who share excellent ideas, inspiration and useful practical tools / activities.”