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Nottingham Girls' Academy

Provision for the Children of Critical Workers and Vulnerable Children

Updated 31 May 2020

While the government advice was ‘stay home’ we tried to discourage the use of this provision unless it was absolutely necessary. We also worked with the other Nottingham schools in the Greenwood Academies Trust to put on a joint provision – situated at Nottingham Academy’s Greenwood Road site.

However, government guidance has now changed to ‘stay alert’ and more people are being encouraged back to work. We therefore anticipate that more Critical Workers will need to send their children in to school. For this reason, we are planning to run a provision for our pupils, back at the Nottingham Girls' Academy site, from 8 June 2020.

Critical Worker and Vulnerable Children Provision will continue to operate at Nottingham Academy until this date.

Critical Workers

The NGA provision will be available to pupils who have a parent working in one of the critical sectors listed at the bottom of the page. (You can jump to this information by clicking  here).

We have set the date from 8 June to allow us the time to prepare our site for safe reopening; it is essential that we carefully plan how to operate every aspect of our site to help pupils and staff comply with social distancing and hygiene measures.

To help us with this planning, we also need to understand how many pupils will be attending and therefore parents wishing their child to attend this provision MUST complete the online form accessed through the link below.

Vulnerable Children

The government’s definition of vulnerable children can also be found at the bottom of this page. (You can jump to this information by clicking here).

We have been in regular contact with the families and pupils we believe fall into this category and we will continue this. This week, when a member of staff contacts these families, they will discuss whether access to the NGA Critical Worker and Vulnerable Children Provision is required.

If, following this conversation, it is decided that the provision is required, we ask that the online booking form is also completed (using the link below) so that we have up-to-date details of everyone who will be on site.

Booking a Place

Bookings for week beginning 8 June 2020 are now CLOSED.

We will soon contact the families booked into the provision for this week with further details.

Parents and carers of pupils who have booked a place will NOT need to rebook for subsequent weeks.

Anyone else wishing to book a place for their daughter must complete the booking form accessed via the link below no later than midnight of the Wednesday before the week they wish to start attending.

Click here to complete booking form

Children who arrive for this provision without a place booked through the online form will not be admitted on site.

Please note: that we will ask parents to prove they are Critical Workers by showing us their work ID badge or a letter from their employer.

Critical Worker Sectors

(please note this is taken from the latest government advice on Critical Worker and Vulnerable Children provision)

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 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 COVID-19 response
  • or delivering essential public services, such as the payment of benefits, 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 COVID-19 outbreak)
  • 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

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems 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 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
Vulnerable Children and Young People Definition

(please note this is taken from the latest government advice on Critical Worker and Vulnerable Children provision)

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, for the purposes of continued attendance at educational settings, vulnerable children and young people are defined as those who:

  • are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children 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 and it is determined, following risk assessment, that their needs can be as safely or more safely met in the educational environment
  • have been assessed as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who are therefore in need of continued education provision - this might include children on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services, adopted children, those at risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’), those who are young carers and others at the provider and local authority’s discretion