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ELSA stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistant.  ELSA is a national programme, originally developed in Hampshire by Sheila Burton; it is well researched and there is an excellent evidence base.   Telford and Wrekin Educational Psychology Service is a member of the national ELSA network and provides ELSA training, supervision and other development opportunities to school support staff.

ELSA is a preventative initiative giving school staff 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 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

ELSA training covers the following areas:

 Social Skills  Emotional self-regulation  Loss and bereavement
 Friendship  Self-esteem  Anxiety and worries
 Relationships  Security  Problem solving
 Anger Management  Thinking skills  Autism Spectrum Conditions
 Motivational Interviewing    

Please contact Telford & Wrekin Educational Psychology Service to register your interest in future training opportunities:

For further information on the ELSA initiative please visit