Virtual Schoolbag (VSB)

21 Jan 2019
Headteachers, pastoral care leaders, sencos, teachers and teaching assistants of all schools
Non-priority
Action
22 Mar 2019
2019/027
Exciting accreditation opportunity for school support staff from the Educational Psychology Service

This May, the East Sussex Educational Psychology Service are running ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) training for a cohort of primary and secondary school support staff. Limited time half price offer - just £300 per delegate.

This May, the East Sussex Educational Psychology Service are running ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) training for a cohort of primary and secondary school support staff.

What is an ELSA?
ELSAs are accredited* school support staff who plan and deliver evidence-based early intervention programmes, usually lasting 6 to 12 weeks, to help a child recognise and manage their emotions so that they can make good progress in their learning. A programme might be designed to help a child or young person to: recognise and manage their emotions; raise their self-esteem; improve peer relationships; recover from significant loss or bereavement; or resolve conflict effectively.
A prospective ELSA needs to be able to creatively build positive relationships with children who are not necessarily easy to get along with – both those who act out and those who are withdrawn.

What does the training entail?
Delegates are trained and supported by Educational Psychologists over six full day sessions (one per month) at Eastbourne Town Hall. Topics covered include Active Listening and Communication Skills, Understanding and Responding to Anger, and Resilience. They will also receive six two-hour sessions of supervision, facilitated by an Educational Psychologist, every year thereafter**.
To support their development, delegates will also be introduced to a national network of ELSAs, who share strategies and resources via an online forum.
For a limited time, the full ELSA training package is being offered for half price – just £300 per delegate! This offer will expire on Friday 22 March.

What commitment must the school make?
Schools must be willing to give the ELSA time to complete all training and supervision and, upon completion of the course, ring-fenced time for the planning and delivery of programmes in school. Each ELSA’s line manager will also be expected to attend part of the first and last session to better understand the commitments of the ELSA. East Sussex County Council will fund line manager cover to allow for their attendance at these sessions.

How do I register my interest?
Email ISEND.ELSA@eastsussex.gov.uk to express your interest by Friday 22 March – you must include your school name and job title in the email. We will contact you shortly after the closing date to confirm your place.
If you would like more information about the ELSA programme, visit www.elsa-support.co.uk or email us at the above address.


*Accreditation is dependent upon completion of the course and continuing ELSA work in school.
**Ongoing supervision to maintain accreditation is £200 annually.

Anna Lewis (EP)
ISEND ELSA


Phone: 01273 335293
Email: ISEND.ELSA@eastsussex.gov.uk