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ELSA Support

ELSA Training

This is a training course aimed at teaching assistants, and equips them with the knowledge and skills to provide individual or small group interventions for students with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Although most ELSAs are teaching assistants, other staff, including office based staff, SENCOs and SENCO assistants, teachers, counsellors and family liaison/ support workers have all completed the training. 


This training involves an initial 5 full-day training programme followed up by two shorter training and supervision sessions.  Follow up support and supervision is a compulsory element of the training. Psychological supervision using problem solving approaches helps build the ELSA’s confidence and competence and encourages the sharing of both ideas and resources.


The ELSA programme is a national programme devised and run by Educational Psychologists. For more information about ELSA please see the ELSA Network website: The leaflet attached below also provides some information about your role as an ELSA.


This course is run by Educational Psychologist, Jo Buttle.  Participants will need to attend all of the course sessions listed below.


Course dates & times:

Friday, 10th January 2020: 9.30am – 2.45pm

Friday, 24th January 2020: 9.30am - .45pm

Thursday, 6th February 2020: 9.30am – 2.45pm

Friday, 28th February 2020: 9.30am – 2.45pm

Friday, 20th March 2020: 9.30am – 2.45pm

Friday, 22nd May 2020: 9.30am – 12pm

Friday, 19th June 2020: 9.30am – 12pm


Course venue: St Margaret Clitherow Primary, Tonbridge, TN11 9NG


Please note there is a maximum group size of 10 participants per session.

ELSA Supervision:


The supervision dates listed below are for ELSAs who have already completed the ELSA training course. ELSAs are required to attend regular supervision, ideally every term, in order to continue practising as an ELSA.


Supervision dates, times & venues:


Friday, 27th September 2019:

9.30am to 11am, St Margaret Clitherow Primary, Tonbridge, TN11 9NG 

Friday, 15th November 2019:

9.30am to 11am, St Richard’s Primary, Dover, CT16 1EZ

Friday, 17th January 2020:

9.30am to 11am, St Margaret Clitherow Primary, Tonbridge, TN11 9NG

Friday, 6th March 2020:

9.30am to 11am, St Richard’s Primary, Dover, CT16 1EZ

Friday, 1st May 2020:

9.30am to 11am, St Margaret Clitherow Primary, Tonbridge, TN11 9NG

Contact us - Please call 01622 232 662 or email

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