School closures and places for vulnerable and key worker children
Schools in England will close from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice, but most remain open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children.
Check our information and list of closed schools that have not managed to stay open for children of key workers and vulnerable children.
There are a number of other schools which are able to open but have no pupils. If you need a place, please contact your child's school for details.
Key workers list
Here is the government’s list of key workers
Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans. A legal document that describes a child’s special educational needs and the support they require.
Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.
Where a school is pairing with another school for vulnerable and key worker children, the name of the partner school is shown.
This means children will be able to attend the paired school. We will add schools to the list as further pairing arrangements are developed.
The government has also outlined that it will put in place a voucher scheme for children who are eligible for free school meals
Examinations due to be held in May and June will now not take place and the Government will publish further guidance on how performance in Year 6, Year 11 and Year 13 will be assessed.
The council will continue to work with schools, early years settings, and the Department for Education to ensure these arrangements are implemented as smoothly as is possible.
Further work is being considered in relation to arrangements over Easter holidays.
We ask that parents and carers continue to check their school, college or educational provider’s website for their most up to date information.
Further information about school closures
Child protection services
Our child protection services are continuing to operate as usual.
Online education resources and considerations
A large number of schools and parents are requesting reminders of the best available resources to support home learning due to higher number of children being absent from school and the possible event of part or full closure of schools.
Caring for yourself and your family when self-isolating
Living in social isolation can be challenging. It’s normal to feel anxious and for relationships within the family to become strained.
Here are some tips to help you keep you and your family healthy and calm during this difficult time. (PDF 0.3mb)
Don’t worry about sticking to anything too vigorously, just do your best.
0-19 Early help hub service
We are working hard to ensure that we continue to deliver some 0-19 Early Help Services, albeit in a different way. Usual services have been suspended, alternatives we are offering:
Our 0-19 Practitioners are maintaining contact with the children, young people and families they are working with through Skype/Facetime/WhatsApp/Telephone.
We have ceased group activities for the time being, but we are working on developing a virtual platform for some of our parenting groups and activities.
Our Health Advisors, Welfare Rights Advisors and Employment Advisors continue to provide services and will carry out the usual sessions with families, but this will now take place via telephone or video conferencing.
If your child has been engaged in Mentoring through St Christopher’s, or has been accessing creative spaces with Art Against Knives, these organisations will continue to remain in contact but through virtual means such as Skype, WhatsApp and telephone.
If you have any queries, please contact your 0-19 practitioner or your local hub.