Shropshire Council

SENCo network meetings

Primary / secondary SENCo network meetings

Phase Date  Time  Venue
Primary 1 October 2019 1:30pm - 4pm Mascall Centre, Ludlow
Primary 3 October 2019 1:30pm - 4pm University Centre, Shrewsbury
Primary 8 October 2019 1:30pm - 4pm University Centre, Shrewsbury
Primary 23 March 2020 1:30pm - 4pm Mascall Centre, Ludlow
Primary 24 March 2020 1:30pm - 4pm University Centre, Shrewsbury
Primary 30 March 2020 1:30pm - 4pm University Centre, Shrewsbury
Secondary 17 October 2019 1:30pm - 4pm University Centre, Shrewsbury
Secondary 10 March 2020 1:30pm - 4pm University Centre, Shrewsbury

Primary / secondary teaching assistant network meetings

Phase Date  Time  Venue
Primary 2 October 2019 1:30pm - 4pm University Centre, Shrewsbury
Primary 29 January 2020 1:30pm - 4pm University Centre, Shrewsbury

SEN governor training

Date  Time Venue
22 October 2019 5:30pm-7:30pm University Centre, Shrewsbury

ELSA training

The Educational Psychology Service will be offering training to develop an emotional literacy support assistant (ELSA) in your school.

This is an excellent opportunity for schools to build their capacity and confidence in meeting the needs of children and young people with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties, as encouraged in the 2017 green paper on ‘Transforming Young People’s Mental Health Provision’.

The five-day ELSA training in psychological theory and intervention by qualified psychologists enables teaching assistants to plan and deliver individual and small group support programmes in schools to children and young people (4-16 year olds) with social, emotional and mental health needs.

Once trained, and receiving ongoing supervision from a psychologist, ELSAs can help young people with a range of social and emotional needs such as: self-esteem and confidence building, social skills, emotional literacy, friendship issues, anger management, behaviour, anxiety, low mood, loss and bereavement, bullying/conflict and relaxation techniques.

The training will start in the spring term, commencing Thursday 27 February through to Thursday 2 April 2020 and will take place at the University Centre Shrewsbury. The five days will be spread out so that TAs will need to be out of school for one day per week for five weeks. After this, TAs will then be supported with regular two-hour half-termly group supervision sessions by an educational psychologist to ensure their work is effective and competent. They will also be given an ELSA handbook and given membership to the online ELSA network, full of resources and support.

The five-day course and five supervision sessions until the end of the year cost £800.  Ongoing supervision is required to maintain accreditation and ensure ELSA work is competent and effective, and includes six two-hour supervision sessions per academic year at a cost of £280.

If you have any queries regarding the training please contact the Educational Psychology Service on 01743 258414 or eps@shropshire.gov.uk. To book a place, please take a look at the University College, Shrewsbury catalogue.

To enquire or book onto any of the training above please contact University Centre, Shrewsbury on 01743 297168 or email cpd@chester.ac.uk