Training & Resources

There are a number of training programmes available for teachers, support assistants and families that may help you or your setting learn more about supporting children and young people develop their Emotional Literacy.

Emotion Works

“Emotion Works is an educational programme for emotional learning and literacy.

Our resources and training packages for Teachers, Early Years practitioners and Education Support workers provide developmental guidance and user-friendly tools to for learning and talking about emotion across all ages and stages.

Created by teacher, curriculum designer and educational consultant Claire Murray, the Emotion Works programme has been developed and piloted over a 10-year period with excellent contributions and endorsements from practitioners, parents and learners alike.”


“The PATHS® Programme for Schools (UK Version) is for educators and counsellors and is designed to facilitate the development of self-control, emotional awareness and interpersonal problem-solving skills.”

Thrive Approach

“Thrive-Online has been developed to help us better understand children’s behaviour and what it signals about their emotional development.

Through online tools, training and mentoring, we support you in learning about the emotional and social development relevant to a child’s age. We also help you to understand a child’s challenging or troubling behaviour as communication.

Every child gets a personal plan; you get simple, practical ideas about how to be and what to do to implement the plan, and you can easily monitor the results.”

ELSA Support

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

“ELSA is a training course aimed at teaching assistants in schools. Examples of things covered on the course are Social skills, emotions, bereavement, social stories and therapeutic stories, anger management, self-esteem, counselling skills such as solution focused and friendship.”

Solihull Approach

“The Solihull Approach is all about emotional health and well-being.

The sound and well-researched ideas that underpin the Approach are embedded in every aspect of our trainings for practitioners, comprehensive resources and ‘Understanding your child’ courses for parents.

Dr Hazel Douglas MBE originally developed the model whilst working with a team of health visitors, child and adolescent mental health services and families.

The Solihull Approach model is now used in most areas of the UK with many projects across the world, applied from midwives to firefighters and in homes, hospitals, clinics, companies, schools and prisons.”


“Kitbag is designed to help people develop the mindfulness, resilience and inner resources we all need to deal more effectively with today’s uncertain, complex and challenging world.  It grew out of IFF’s work on ‘psychological capacity’ – the ability to own our psychological responses to being stressed, troubled or overwhelmed, rather than to become the victim of them.

Kitbag provides a safe space and a set of resources to undertake this work without professional help. The main elements are there to encourage reflection, calm states of mind, creativity, self-help, dialogue, hope and a higher purpose in life. When people work with Kitbag they go at their own pace and are encouraged to work on many levels – physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioural. Through regular use we become better able to deal with the challenges of everyday life.

Kitbag is designed to be used in families, schools, groups, teams, organisations and communities. It encourages reflective dialogue and is recommended, among other things, to help kick-start difficult discussions. It can also be used to introduce a more compassionate, caring and responsible culture into families, schools, teams and organisations.”