ELSA Products

Excellent ELSAs: Top Tips for Emotional Literacy Support Assistants

by Sheila Burton (with Fiona Okai)

Excellent ELSAs is a best practice guide that deals with topics raised frequently in ELSA supervision meetings. Based on many years of working closely with ELSAs and those who support them, it is written as a reference manual for ELSAs, schools and the educational psychologists who deliver training and supervision. As well as dealing with the many tricky issues that often arise during this work, the book contains guidance on how to enhance conversations with pupils by using essential counselling skills and a range of practical resources.

‘Wow what a fascinating read this book is. I absolutely love it. I am currently an ELSA delivering to special needs students covering a variety of needs. I only received the book today and haven’t been able to put it down. Thank you.’ (Jan Roberts, ELSA)

Published and distributed by Inspiration Books Ltd. This company is independent of ELSA Network.

£16 Buy Now

(For orders outside of the UK, please contact sheilaburton@elsanetwork.org directly) 

ELSA Trainers’ Manual by Sheila Burton

ELSA Trainers’ Manual has been produced to enable others to replicate the highly successful ELSA project currently operating across Hampshire.

It comprises ten training presentations with presenters’ notes and a wide range of supporting documents. The manual includes a CD-ROM, plus a DVD of an ELSA training session ‘Working with Puppets’.

Written by Sheila Burton, the educational psychologist who developed the ELSA role first in Southampton and then in Hampshire, ELSA Trainers’ Manual draws upon many years of experience in training people for this work.

Publisher: Taylor and Francis (enquiries@taylorandfrancis.com)

ELSAs in Action DVD

ELSAs in Action is a DVD which showcases the ELSA role in two Hampshire schools (primary and secondary). It features individual and group work with infant, junior and secondary pupils.

The DVD was produced to show ELSAs in training how others are putting it into practice. It is a useful resource for those wishing to set up ELSA locally as it includes descriptions by a primary head teacher and secondary assistant head teacher of the impact the work is having in their respective schools. The DVD is also being used in schools to help other staff understand what ELSA is all about.

The DVD is now out of stock. However, due to demand, we have made the video content available as a digital download for £13. Please note that the download is managed by a US company called Gumroad. They deal in dollars so there may be a variation in the price charged, reflecting bank charges related to currency conversion.

Buy the ELSAs in Action video files for £13 (approximate charge – see above note)

Emotional Wellbeing: An Introductory Handbook (Second Edition)by Gillian Shotton and Sheila Burton

Emotional Wellbeing: An Introductory Handbook was written by Gillian Shotton and Sheila Burton who worked together as educational psychologists in Southampton and Hampshire. It was created specifically to support the ELSA role, reflecting all areas of the ELSA training in Hampshire. This is considered a key text for ELSAs, while also being useful to others supporting children’s emotional development in schools.

The second edition has been expanded to reflect updated training content (unpublished) that is now used by many educational psychology services registered with the ELSA Network. Each chapter outlines some key psychology with a focus on practical applications, illustrated by brief case examples.

Publisher: Taylor and Francis

This book is available to any purchaser at a 25% discount via louise.perrier@tandf.co.uk