The Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) programme is designed to support primary and secondary schools in building their capacity to meet the emotional needs of children and young people. It recognises that children and young people learn better and are happier in school when their emotional needs are met.

ELSAs are trained and supervised by educational psychologists to have a robust understanding of social, emotional and mental health needs. They are then able to plan and implement bespoke individual and group interventions in schools addressing a wide range of needs, including:

  • Recognising and managing emotions
  • Improvements to self esteem
  • Effective peer relationships
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Calm conflict resolution

There is a growing body of research indicating that ELSAs can make a significant, positive difference to the emotional wellbeing of children and young people. Indeed, the use of evidence-based approaches is emphasised in the Code of Practice (2015).

Furthermore, how schools support the social and emotional wellbeing of its pupils is becoming an increasing focus for Ofsted.

Led by: Russell Postlethwaite & Emma Clink

Audience: Members of staff who support the wellbeing of adults and children

Course Structure: Five full day sessions and four half day supervision sessions

Venue: TBC

Dates: Friday 26th February 2021, Friday 12th March 2021, Friday 26th March 2021, 23rd April 2021 and Friday 7th May 2021.

Time: 9am for a 9.30am start – 3.30pm

Cost: £540 (Funded places available. Please discuss with Primary Director)

We would like to thank RCC and Resilient Rutland for their significant funding support for Rutland Schools in this cohort.