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Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)

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The 2022 ELSA Training will be delivered partially online and partially in person (subject to any restrictions in place at the time).

This is the initial five day Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) training course (delivered by Southampton Psychology Service, where the role of the ELSA originated), and includes both practical and theory elements.  Successful completion of this course is a requirement for ELSA registration.

The course includes taught sessions, individual reflection, group activities and work at school between sessions.


Length of course

5 days.


Who should attend?

  • Those wishing to become ELSAs
  • Teaching assistants working with pupils who have emotional and behavioural difficulties

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Understand the ELSA role
  • Understand the contribution of emotion to behaviour
  • Understand how to support children emotionally
  • Develop skills in teaching emotional literacy to individuals and small groups
  • Develop knowledge of a variety of resources

Prices for this course

Southampton City Council maintained schools and PVI Early Years & Childcare providers and voluntary organisations £500

Academies, free schools and other organisations £600


PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MARCH 2022 ELSA TRAINING COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.

WE WILL BE OFFERING PRIORITY PLACES TO THOSE BOOKING REQUESTS THAT WE WERE UNABLE TO FULFILL FOR THIS TRAINING ON THE NEXT AVAILABLE COURSE.

WE WILL ADVERTISE A NEW DATE AS SOON AS THIS IS SCHEDULED.

Course dates

ELSA Training is run across 5 sessions comprising:-

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022 - 09:30 to 15:30

- Eastleigh Venue Based with refreshments and buffet lunch provided

Wednesday 9th of March 2022 - 09:30 to 15:30

Eastleigh Venue Based with refreshments and buffet lunch provided

Wednesday 16th of March 2022 - 09:30 to 15:30

Virtual session, joining information will be emailed to delegates

Thursday 24th of March 2022 - 09:30 to 15:30

Virtual session, joining information will be emailed to delegates

Wednesday 30th of March 2022 - 09:30 to 15:30

Eastleigh Venue Based with refreshments and buffet lunch provided

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