Keyworker Information Letter #2


20th March 2020

Dear Parents/carers


Following the update this morning in relation to key workers, we would like to update you as to how this will look for our schools in the first instance.  As I am sure you will all understand, these arrangements are constantly subject to change along with government advice.


We do need to be very clear to all parents; this is a very different type of provision than schools usually provide; for these pupils, it will be about care, not education. This is about keeping children safe and allowing key workers (such as NHS staff) to go to work and care for the sick, or to keep food supply chains moving. All expectations regarding educational provision (including personalised learning plans) have been lifted. Schools that provide this care will be free to determine what the provision looks like and what they deem to be best for the pupils they are supporting.


The government has made it clear in its guidance regarding key workers: “Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be”.


This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.

For vulnerable children, your child’s social worker will work with you to assess the best option for your child.

In order to have a clear system for parents / carers, governors and senior leaders will be prioritising those who are offered a place as per union advice;

“This list is exceptionally broad and poses significant challenges for schools. Schools may need to prioritise. Our understanding is that the highest priority will be for families where both parents are keyworkers or where a sole parent is a key worker, but the government Q and As does say that schools should try to make the offer where only one parent is a key worker. In reality, schools may need to prioritise based on their capacity. Our advice remains, a school can only open in so far as it is safe to do so.”

It’s important to reiterate that as a federation, leaders will still need to make individual decisions about whether it is safe to open each school. And that applies from now onwards.  We will need to keep this decision under daily review.

Our current priority list is;

  1. Pupils where both parents (or ‘sole parent’ households) are a member of NHS frontline staff e.g. doctors and nurses
  2. Pupils who school leaders have identified as extremely vulnerable (potentially at risk under our safeguarding policies)
  3. Pupils where both parents are on the keyworker list
  4. Pupils who have an EHCP or social worker (those who have already been placed in secure homes will be subject to discussion with the social worker and the family – the social worker will need to speak with school leaders to justify the reasons for pupils requiring a place in school)
  5. Pupils where one parent is on the key worker list

School will also try to stay in touch with individual parents who may normally seek face-to-face support from staff, through the time we are off.

Within the keyworker list we would also prioritise further (should there be a need) within a category.  Senior leaders will make the decisions on this, on a case by case basis within the boundaries agreed with governors.

Please email the school by 5:00pm today (or have made contact with us by telephone) to confirm that you will be applying for one of the hub places that will be available and your reasons for this. A copy of your work ID badge, contract of employment or other formal proof of your role will also be required.

Places will be allocated from this system.  If you are unable to access this system then please contact the office where the administrator will complete the forms with you over the phone. We may need to revisit this during the week next week ready for the following week.

All those who do have a place will have an email from school by Saturday 21st 6pm at the latest to confirm that they still require this.   The hub sessions will take place at Weston Lullingfields, Myddle or Baschurch Primary Schools and will be staffed by members of all three schools, so your child will not always have staff from their own school to supervise them. You will be sent a list of dates and locations if you are allocated a place.  The first day will be at Weston Lullingfields Primary School on Monday 23rd March.

Please do not place staff in a position where they would have to be turning families away from Monday.  You have to have a confirmed offer of a place before you turn up to the school site.

Please remember that this is part of a government strategy to safeguard not only our children but the whole community and the country.  We do need to be remembering that the key advice is school is no longer open;

Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

With kind regards,

Mrs Clare Williams

Executive Headteacher


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