ELSAs are Emotional Literacy Support Assistants. They are teaching assistants who have received specific additional training from educational psychologists from whom they receive on going supervision following training. Their role is to support children and young people in school to understand and regulate their own emotions whilst also respecting the feelings of those around them.
The ELSA Network supports and assists ELSAs in their valuable work, as well as helping area co-ordinators to publicise ELSA work in their locality. Many local authorities across England and Wales now have ELSAs in their schools. Only a minority of local authorities implementing ELSA are represented on this website. Area coordinators may request creation of a local space in the ELSA Around the UK section by contacting the Network Manager.
Through the ELSA Network website we hope to inspire the development of this work elsewhere.