Government guidance as followed by the school
Updated 1 December 2020
Updated guidance for parents and carers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
We have updated our guidance for parents and carers to reflect the end of National Restrictions on 2 December and how these settings should operate under the local restriction tiers.
We have updated our guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges to clarify the position under the local restriction tiers for:
We have updated our guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings to clarify the position under the local restriction tiers for:
Updated 16 November 2020
Letter from Clare Kershaw & Dr Mike Gogarty - The letter seeks to address some commonly raised queries from parents and requests that they support schools and settings to remain open safely by adhering to the national restrictions.
Updated guidance on national restrictions for education and childcare settings
We have updated our guidance on what the national restrictions mean for education and childcare settings to include further information on the provision of extra-curricular activities, sport and physical education in schools and colleges. This update also includes information for further education providers on the provision of remote education and enrolment during the period of national restrictions.
We have also provided information on the provision of children’s services and social care to vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people, including information on access to respite and leaving care.
The national restrictions are in force up to and including Wednesday 2 December.
Updated 12 November 2020
Updated guidance for parents and carers
We have updated our guidance for parents and carers on what they need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This update provides information on the national restrictions that came into force on 5 November, the latest advice for clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people and advice on the use of face coverings in education settings. This guidance can be shared with your parent networks.
Updated 5 November 2020
Guidance on what the new national restrictions mean for education and childcare settings
We have published information on what the new national restrictions mean for education and childcare settings. This guidance is for early years providers, schools, further education providers and children’s social care settings.
We have also published information for higher education providers on how the new national restrictions affect the higher education sector.
Guidance on school attendance
Our guidance on the new national restrictions makes it clear the government is continuing to prioritise the long term future of children and young people therefore early years settings, schools, colleges and universities will remain open.
It is very important for children and young people to attend their education setting for their wellbeing and long-term development.
School attendance continues to be mandatory although the expectations have changed for children who have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable.
Schools should consider any concerns from pupils, parents and households, who may be reluctant or anxious about attending school and put the right support in place to address this.
The usual school attendance powers and duties continue to apply, including schools and local authorities’ ability to use parental responsibility measures, such as fixed penalty notices, where appropriate.
Further information can be found in our guidance on recording attendance in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) during the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable staff and children
The Department of Health and Social Care has published guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19).
This guidance advises individuals who are clinically extremely vulnerable to work from home and not to go into work. Individuals in this group will have been identified through a letter from the NHS or from their GP. Staff should talk to their employers about how they will be supported, including working from home where possible, during the period of national restrictions.
All other staff should continue to attend work, including those living in a household with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable.
We now know more about the virus, and most children who were identified as clinically extremely vulnerable at the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak are no longer identified as such. Schools should encourage parents to speak to their GP or specialist clinician, as soon as possible, if they have not already done so, to understand whether their child should still be classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.
Those children whose doctors have confirmed they are still clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend school whilst this advice is in place. Where a conversation with a GP or specialist clinician has not taken place, the public health advice is that the child is still clinically extremely vulnerable and they are advised not to attend school. In these situations, we expect schools to be able to offer clinically extremely vulnerable children access to remote education, in line with previous guidance.
Guidance for clinically vulnerable staff and children
Staff and children who are clinically vulnerable or have underlying health conditions but are not clinically extremely vulnerable, may continue to attend early years, childcare and school settings in line with current guidance.
Updated 2 November 2020
See here for our letter regarding the new restrictions following the Prime Minister's announcement on 31 October 2020.
Updated 19 October 2020
Parent Letter re move to Alert Level 2 and Q&A from Public Health
Updated 16 October 2020
Please click here for our updated risk assessment.
Updated 5 October 2020
Please click here for the Covid-19 symptom parental support tool
Updated 24 September 2020
Updated 18 September 2020
Click here for a flow chart to help with child's illness symptoms and attending school.
Updated 17 September 2020
The following link provides information of where in Essex testing will be taking place. This is updated every Friday.
Current dates and locations for mobile testing units. Mobile testing units are at various locations across Essex and they are run by the Ministry of Defence.
Updated 16 September 2020
The fastest way to get a test result is to go to a testing site. Individuals will need a pre-booked appointment or they will not be given a test. People can also order home test kits to be sent directly to them. To book an appointment or order a home kit, please visit:
These routes remain the primary channels for any individuals displaying coronavirus symptoms to get a test.
Who to contact in an emergency
If at any stage someone at your setting cannot cope with the symptoms or their condition significantly worsens, use the https://111.nhs.uk/COVID-19 service. If you do not have internet access, dial NHS 111. In a medical emergency, dial 999.
Updated 14 September 2020
Please click on the link below for some helpful advice regarding COVID-related pupil absence and some FAQs regarding Track and Trace:
Updated 10 September 2020
Hands, Face, Space campaign
A new public information campaign has been launched ahead of winter to highlight how everyone can help to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Yesterday the Prime Minister launched the ‘Hands, Face, Space’ campaign urging the public to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak. In line with this they have produced a communications toolkit for universities in England, but which may be of wider interest. Consistent adoption of these behaviours is particularly important in places outside of educational settings which do not implement the wider protective measures in the system of controls set out in our detailed guidance:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin. It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Schools and other education settings must ensure that staff and pupils clean their hands regularly, including when they arrive, when they return from breaks, when they change rooms and before and after eating.
Responding to those with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
It is vital that educational settings only ask children or staff to self-isolate and recommend they get a test if they develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those sent home to self-isolate, having been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, should only get tested if they develop symptoms themselves. The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. The capacity of the NHS Test and Trace system must be protected for those with symptoms of the virus. Booking is essential for drive in and walk in test sites, and under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
No one with symptoms should attend their nursery, school, college or university.
Online Catch-Up Resources
The Essex Invicta Academy is now LIVE for all families in Essex to book high quality catch up lessons for the final two weeks of the summer holidays. There is also a “live chat” function every morning for support. Please see below the link to freely available online catch up classes.
School Transport - Stop.Swap.GO! – Getting to school information now live!
During August, Essex County Council's information service that brings together all the options and guidance on travel to school was launched – you can find it here. There is a whole variety of information; whether it’s operator contact details, how to cycle or walk to school or what the rules are on wearing face coverings on transport. They will continuously update this throughout August and September; including maps to secondary schools that include local information from the school survey. They particularly want to avoid parents deciding to drive their children to school as this will cause gridlock during the rush hour.
Back to School with Confidence
‘Back to School With Confidence’ resources are being launched as part of the council’s Every Family Matters campaign. The aim is to support parents, carers, children and young people to be confident returning to school. They will be signposting to relevant guidance and local organisations in Essex that can help via the council’s social media channels and here on the website.
Updated 14:00, 20 July 2020
Click here to view return to school information for 7 September 2020.
Updated 14:30, 16 July 2020
10 top tips to encourage children to read in support of Reading Together Day
To support the very first Reading Together Day, we have published tips for parents and carers of primary-aged children to help them encourage and support their children to read. They contain ideas on how to plan reading opportunities at home and make reading enjoyable and engaging, including during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Updated guidance on keeping children safe online
With the Home Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, DfE have updated advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include new information on apps to help children stay safe online.
The advice and guidance on keeping children safe online can be found here:
Updated 14:30, 16 June 2020
Updated handwashing advice
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:
Updated 12:00, 8 June 2020
Please see the link below for helpful guidance on on-line safety during home tutoring:
Updated 9:15, 11 May 2020
Our school counselling colleague has prepared some tips to use during these unprecedented times for you and your families. Please click here for more information.
ThinkUKnow have created a page to support parents and young people online. The site includes home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities support children's understanding of online safety at a time.
There is also parent support information for primary and secondary age groups.
The resources can be found here: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets
Be SMART: Online Safety Video Lessons for 6 - 9 year olds (Childnet)
Childnet have released six new easy-to-follow videos for parents and children to work through together. The 10 - 15 minute videos offer simple, clear online safety advice using fun activities, games and discussion. There are optional follow-up activities to extend children's learning.
The videos can be found here: https://www.childnet.com/resources/video-lessons
Updated 14:00, 4 May 20202
Updated 9:33, 18 March 2020
Information on how to talk to children about Coronavirus to support children’s mental health and wellbeing if trying to alleviate children’s anxiety. Please see the video link below:
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.