Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, regrettably we are unable to invite parents into school for a tour of Berkswich CE primary and nursery. We understand that choosing the right setting for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your child’s learning journey. With this in mind, we hope to provide you with a range of opportunities to allow you to gain an insight into life as part of our special Berkswich community and the chance to ask questions. We certainly welcome the opportunity to support and reassure you as you organise your child’s first steps into Nursery and Reception. We are offering virtual meetings to provide an opportunity for new parents to meet our headteacher, EYFS leader and teaching staff. This will provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out about our community and learning at Berkswich CE. Your child is a vital part of this process, and so we welcome them to join in with the meeting.

Reception slots

Tuesday 17th November 9am – 10:30am

Tuesday 1st December 3:30- 5:30pm

Tuesday 8th December 9am – 10:30am

Nursery slots

Tuesday 19th January 9am– 10:30am

Tuesday 2nd February 3:30—5:30pm

Tuesday 9th March 9am—10:30 am

To book your ten-minute virtual meeting on one of the following days please call the school office on 01785 337360 or send an email to

Please visit our admissions page to take a closer look at our Nursery and Reception classes, as well as our admissions arrangements. Thank you.

BerkswichCE Primary School

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Emotional Literacy Support Assistants


ELSA’s are Emotional Literacy Support Assistants who support the social and emotional needs of children and young people. Mrs Newman has qualified as an ELSA and uses this qualification in school to support pupils.  ELSA is a preventative, whole school approach that embeds the programme at a systemic level so that schools can better meet the needs of vulnerable children and young people from within their own resources.  The training is prepared and hosted by Summit Psychology.


Furthermore, ELSA’s can support the school’s preparations for the implementation of the DfE Statutory Relationships Education and RSE in September 2020.  The draft guidance (February 2019) specifically alludes to the promotion of psychological well-being, self-regulation and building self-efficacy. 

ELSA training aims to support practitioners in developing the emotional literacy and overall resiliency of vulnerable children and young people; this has included training on Attachment, Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Emotion Coaching.

ELSA’s are trained to plan and deliver programmes of support for pupils in their school or setting.  The training and continual supervision is delivered by a specialist Educational Psychologist and covers the following topics;


  • Attachment Aware and Trauma Informed ELSAs
  • ELSA and Emotional Literacy in Schools
  • Building Resilience and Self-Esteem: Part 1
  • Building Resilience and Self-Esteem: Part 2
  • Understanding Feelings, Social, and Friendship Skills
  • Story Work, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Puppet Work, Active Listening and Reflective Conversations
  • Emotion Coaching  ELSAs


Following the training ELSA’s carry out regular sessions with individual pupils or small groups if this is appropriate.  ELSA’s also develop programmes of support that are matched specifically to individual pupil needs and monitor interventions using appropriate tools for evaluating the impact of interventions for children with SEMH needs.  These are then shared with other staff about how best to support pupils in school.


Mandatory supervision continues throughout the academic year support by a specialist Educational Psychologist.