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January 2021 Critical Worker application for school provision

Maintained educational provision for children of Critical Workers during Covid-19



We are poised to welcome back all children to the start of the Spring Term on Tuesday January 5th.  However following a series of Government announcements and U turns it seems prudent to plan for the possibility of an imposed partial school closure. 

Should this occur then we will remain open to the children of Critical Workers (the Government updated this list on 31st December) and for children who are deemed to be vulnerable.  If you believe that your work is listed as critical to the national effort and you would wish to access school provision for your child (if partial closure happens) then read the information below and apply as outlined in red.

Many thanks

Mr Cates

 The government has updated the list of Critical Workers whose children are eligible to  attend school during any partial closure from January 2021 due to Covid-19.

“If workers think that they fall within the critical categories they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of the essential public service”


  1. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision may be available for them.
  2. Parents should do everything they can to ensure they and their children are following Tier 4 restrictions and are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults including on the way to and from school.

Critical workers

Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.

Health and social care

This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes:

  • childcare
  • support and teaching staff
  • social workers
  • specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach

Key public services

This includes:

  • those essential to the running of the justice system
  • religious staff
  • charities and workers delivering key frontline services
  • those responsible for the management of the deceased
  • journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:

  • the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
  • essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), including in government agencies and arms length bodies

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food:

  • production
  • processing
  • distribution
  • sale and delivery
  • as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)

Public safety and national security

This includes:

  • police and support staff
  • Ministry of Defence civilians
  • contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
  • fire and rescue service employees (including support staff)
  • National Crime Agency staff
  • those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas

Transport and border

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes:

  • staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)
  • the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)
  • information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
  • key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)
  • postal services and delivery
  • payments providers
  • waste disposal sectors

If after having considered the above advice you wish to apply for provision please email :

In this email please state:

  1. Your child’s name and class.
  2. Your employer and your job/role.  (If official confirmation is required then we will ask you for this).
  3. That you understand that provision is full-time ie Monday - Friday.
  4. If your child requires a cooked dinner from school (the kitchen will remain open) or if they will bring a packed lunch.

Please email as soon as you can, but be aware that government advice is that

“if it is at all possible for children to stay at home, they should.”

We will aim to reply to emails confirming whether or not we are will be able to offer a place should partial school closures be directed. 

Given the expectation on schools to provide placements and other services for vulnerable children, the need to be mindful of Tier 4 rules and any new guidance on social distancing in school please be aware that we may not have the capacity to provide a place for all children whose parents/carers request it. If this is the case then arrangements with other schools may be necessary.

Please note: if your child comes to school they will be taught normal lessons by staff, though this will not always be by their usual class teacher.  Despite this change our usual expectations of PRIDE will apply which will include the need to wear school uniform.

We have been, and remain committed to doing all that we can to support wider society and our school community in combating Covid-19.

Thank you and best wishes

Mr Cates