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Is my child entitled to a place in school?

The Government has asked schools to remain open for children of key workers or children who are classed as vulnerable. All other children must not attend school and must stay at home.

The Government has stated that children of key workers should be at home if they can.

If you are offered a school place, it is your choice if you want to accept this offer. If you would like to speak to someone in more detail about the offer, please contact school and ask to speak to a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Please find below a list of government defined key workers and children classified as vulnerable.

Key Workers

Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school if required:

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare
  • Key public services e.g. justice system, religious staff
  • Local and national government
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport and border
  • Utilities, communication and financial services
Vulnerable Children

Vulnerable children are defined as those who:

  • are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
  • have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance, this might include:
  • children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services or in the process of being referred to children’s services
  • adopted children or children on a special guardianship order
  • those at risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’)
  • those living in temporary accommodation
  • those who are young carers
  • those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study)
  • care leavers
  • others at the provider and local authority’s discretion including pupils and students who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health

Further Information

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

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