ELSA: Information and Support

What does ELSA stand for?

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

ELSA is a training course aimed at teaching assistants in schools. Examples of things covered on the course are Social skills, emotions, bereavement, social stories and therapeutic stories, anger management, self-esteem, counselling skills such as solution focused and friendship.

Find out!

To find out  about this course it is best to contact the Educational Psychologists in your LEA and ask them if they are running it. If they are not ask them if it is possible for the future. Also check out neighbouring LEAs, they will sometimes take people out of their area to make up numbers.

The founder of ELSA

Sheila Burton, the founder of ELSA has her own website which you can visit here ELSA Network site.

You will find lots of information about the ELSA Role on the ELSA Network site so do please have a look on there.

There are several books available to purchase from Amazon. These are affiliate links.


ELSA support

ELSA Support is a website which supports the teaching of emotional literacy or emotional intelligence. Primarily it was set up to support ELSAs but is also useful for anyone working with children.

A lot of the resources on this website are perfectly suitable for all teaching professionals to use and there is also a parent section with resources suitable for parents to use. If you want any advice on what to order then do not hesitate to contact me through the ‘Contact form‘ I am always willing to help as much as I can. I like to think that this website offers a personal service.

Background information on ELSA Support

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After 12 years working as an ICT technician in a multinational company and 16 working with children in various roles ELSA support was born.

I decided to combine my experience of ICT with my vast experience of working with children to create an Emotional Literacy central resource for ELSAs, Learning support assistants, teaching assistants and teachers.

I have spoken many times on the ELSA course in York about my work and have presented my website and work on supervision sessions.

The website has grown from strength to strength and I have had many emails and messages to tell me how useful it has been to people setting out on the ELSA journey but also helpful to teachers and teaching assistants. I remember finishing my training and thinking ‘now what?’ Trying to put the theory into practice was a real learning journey but one I did get through. I want to share my resources with you so that you are in a position to work as best you can straightaway to help those very important people – the children!

My interventions are ready to go. All you need to do is print them out and deliver the lessons. They do work. My first intervention and the one which I have spoken about many times at the ELSA course is the ‘Friendship and Social Skills’ intervention which runs for 12 weeks for a full afternoon a week. We ran this in a very nurturing way and the successes we had were amazing. If you are starting out on the ELSA journey then this intervention will take you through running a friendship group. My resources are purposefully low cost. The intention is that more of you will buy them and see how wonderful they are and how they work. Resources are so expensive now a days especially resources for social and emotional learning. I like to think you can set yourself up as an ELSA very easily with a combination of free and pay for resources from the site.

I recently developed this NEW ELSA STARTER PACK  which will completely set you up with resources that will be very useful to you on your ELSA journey.

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Together we can make a difference.