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Elsa quality mark


ELSA stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistants.  Originally developed in Hampshire by EP Sheila Burton, ELSA is a national programme. It is well researched and there is an excellent evidence base.   Telford and Wrekin Educational Psychology Service (EPS) is a member of the national ELSA network and provides ELSA training, supervision and further development opportunities to key school support staff.

Telford & Wrekin EPS is proud to hold the ELSA Quality Mark, reflecting the high quality of our initial training and ongoing supervisory support for ELSAs.

ELSA is a preventative initiative giving school staff with in-depth training and on-going supervision to develop the social and emotional well-being of Telford & Wrekin pupils. Once trained, ELSAs are able to provide targeted and time-limited intervention support to pupils who have social, emotional and mental health needs. There is a national online ELSA support network where ELSAs can link up to share resources and ideas, and we facilitate networking and resource sharing between our local ELSAs. We currently have ELSAs working across Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and specialist settings, and are proud to hold links with our colleagues in Sensory Inclusion, Behaviour Support and Strengthening Families.

 Social Skills  Emotional self-regulation Grief, bereavement & loss
 Friendships & Circles of Friends  Self-esteem & Resilience  Anxiety and worries
 Relationships  Security  Belonging
 'Anger' Management  Thinking skills & Competence  Emotions and neurodiversity (autism, ADHD…)
 Motivational Interviewing  Lego-based therapy  Social & Therapeutic Story-Writing

The EP service also provides our ELSAs with templates and resources to enable effective programme planning, monitoring, SMART target writing and recording of sessions.

Please contact our CPD team to register your interest in future training opportunities:

For further information on the ELSA initiative please visit