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Code: SCH/21/45 Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) Training

What is an ELSA?
Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs) are Teaching Assistants (TAs) who have been trained by Educational Psychologists to have a robust understanding of social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. They are able to plan and implement evidence-based individual and group interventions in schools.

How can an ELSA help your school?

  • Provides evidence of how your school is improving social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Improves outcomes for children and young people from disadvantaged groups
  • Makes effective use of pupil premium funding (other streams of funding may also be used)
  • Schools are often highly effective in whole school policies and class-wide interventions. It is more challenging to create and facilitate group and individual interventions for SEMH needs. ELSAs can meet this requirement to support the holistic development of children and young people.

Course Content
  • Emotional Literacy including managing difficult emotions (e.g. anger)
  • Self-esteem including resilience
  • Active listening, reflective and communication skills
  • Social skills and friendships
  • Writing therapeutic and social stories
  • Loss and bereavement

Course Structure and Cost
Commitments:
  • 5 days of training spaced over two terms from Educational Psychologists (tentatively booked as 22nd October, 12th November, 26th November, 10th December 2020 and 14th January 2021
  • Provision of problem solving time to support casework
  • Provision for good practice development
  • Support in the form of psychological supervision from an Educational Psychologist

Costs:
  • £660 per ELSA to cover the 5 days of training and 6x2-hour supervision sessions over the academic year
Venue:

This course will be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams; we will email you a Teams invite prior to the sessions. Please do contact isabel.williams@peterborough.gov.uk should you have any queries or difficulties with this.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 22 October 2020 09:30 - 16:00 Venue - Virtual Classroom Map

Code: SCH/20/73 Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA) Supervision


Why commit to keeping the ELSA accreditation?

  • ELSAs will access ongoing psychological support and updated training for a role in school which involves complex issues related to children
  • Builds capacity in schools to prevent and manage social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Accreditation status will benefit school development in relation to the mental health agenda
  • Psychological support for ELSAs may reduce the need to gain direct psychological work with children

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 05 November 2020 13:00 - 15:00 Venue - Virtual Classroom Map
2 03 December 2020 13:00 - 15:00 Venue - Virtual Classroom Map
3 28 January 2021 13:00 - 15:00 Venue - Virtual Classroom Map
4 25 March 2021 13:00 - 15:00 Venue - Virtual Classroom Map
5 27 May 2021 13:00 - 15:00 Venue - Virtual Classroom Map
6 15 July 2021 13:00 - 15:00 Venue - Virtual Classroom Map

Code: SCH/21/44 Strategies to Support Memory, including Precision Teaching

The ability to store, recall and manipulate complex information is essential for academic achievement. There are several memory systems we use to store information, working memory in particular is commonly used for classroom based tasks. An estimated 10% of children have working memory deficits which limit their academic progress (Gathercole, 2009). This course provides an overview of the mechanisms of memory and how targeted interventions such as precision teaching can support children who struggle to retain information.

Course content:

  • Theories of memory, including working memory
  • The links between memory and learning
  • Strategies to support memory in the classroom
  • The use of Precision Teaching as an intervention to support retention

Course structure:
  • This is a whole day course organised by the Educational Psychology Service
  • The course runs from 9:30 (prompt start) to 15:00
  • The cost is £115 per delegate
  • The course includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day
Venue:

This course will be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams; we will email you a Teams invite prior to the sessions. Please do contact isabel.williams@peterborough.gov.uk should you have any queries or difficulties with this.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 19 November 2020 09:30 - 15:00 Venue - Virtual Classroom Map