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ELSA Training

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) Training

This enhanced training programme will be delivered by the City of York Educational Psychology Service, with support from the Specialist Teaching Team.

The primary aim of the training course is to develop the skills and knowledge of Teaching Assistants or Pastoral staff in order to enhance the range of interventions provided in schools for children and young people presenting with social and emotional needs at Band 1 of the CYC SEN Banding Thresholds and beyond. The training sessions include a range of evidence-based early intervention strategies, e.g. Circle of Friends, Therapeutic Stories, Understanding and Managing Anger, Social Stories and Solution-focused approaches, as well as covering more psychological material around Self-esteem, Autism, Bereavement and Attachment and Trauma. The course content has been revised and extended to include new sessions on Anxiety and Nurturing Classrooms. In addition, there will be input on the final day around programme planning, to which Line Managers are warmly welcomed. The intervention programme is strongly 787878 based on ‘what works’ and has been evaluated very positively by schools who have already undertaken the programme.

Please be aware that this programme does NOT include ongoing supervision/support and so is NOT a fully accredited ELSA programme. Delegates are strongly advised to seek additional supervision to follow up the programme – this is available from North Yorks Educational Psychology Service.


January 23rd, 30th, February 6th, 20th , 27th & March 6th . These are full days, running from 9.15am to 3.15pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Delegates must commit to all 6 days.


Burn Hall Hotel,  Tollerton Road, Huby, York YO61 1JB


£500 per delegate for North Star members; £650 to non members. This includes all 6 days of training and accompanying materials. Participating schools are asked to purchase the handbook to accompany the course, “Emotional Well Being: An Introductory Handbook” by Shotton & Burton ISBN 9781906517038 available from Optimus Education tel. 0845 4506407 or see http://www.optimus-education.com/shop/emotional-wellbeing-introductory-handbook. The book costs £29.00.

Please note that in the event of a cancellation the following terms will be applied:

Cancellations within two weeks of the event: 50% charge; cancellations within 48 hrs of the event/no show: 100% charge. If delegates do not attend all six days, your school will still be charged the full amount.

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