City of York Training Opportunities

Workforce Development Unit Training opportunities

Date, time and venue Title, aims and content Cost Booking information







City of York Council

West offices

Station Rise



Emotional Literacy Support Assistants

Lead: Claire Elsdon

Target Audience: TAs and pastoral staff

Key content

The primary aim of the training course is to develop the skills and knowledge of Teaching Assistants and pastoral staff in order to enhance the range of interventions provided in schools for children and young people presenting with social, emotional and mental health needs at Band 1 and beyond of the CYC SEN Banding Thresholds.

The training sessions cover evidence-based early intervention strategies, e.g. Circle of Friends and Therapeutic Stories in addition to sessions on Understanding and Managing Anger, Solution-focused approaches, and more psychological material around Self-esteem, Autism, Bereavement and Attachment and Trauma.

The course content has been revised and extended to include new sessions on Anxiety and Nurturing Classrooms plus some input on programme planning. The training programme is strongly based on ‘what works’ and has been evaluated very positively by colleagues who have already undertaken the programme.


Participating schools are asked to purchase in advance of the course the handbook which accompanies it: “Emotional Well Being: An Introductory Handbook” by Shotton & Burton ISBN 9781906517038 available from Optimus Education tel. 0845 4506407 or see

The book costs £29.00. Colleagues are advised to purchase the book well in advance of the training course to ensure delivery before the course begins.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Please note that there is no on-site parking at West Offices and parking nearby is costly; therefore delegates are advised to use public transport whenever possible

For more information and questions contact


£250 per participant


£275 for non CYC schools, Academies and Independent schools


To find out how to arrange or access ELSA training please call the team on:

01904 553017

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