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Official list of UK employees “Key Workers” who can still send their children to school

Those working to provide essential goods and services are exempt from general closure of schools 

The Department for Education has published its much anticipated list of “key workers”  over 24 hours after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Secretary of State for Education Matt Hancock announced it to the nation and parliament. 

The list outlines whose children will be allowed back to school from Monday 23 March, following the decision to close schools to the general working population, in response to Covid-19 the coronavirus.  

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 distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment. 

 Education and childcare 

This includes nursery and teaching staff, teaching assistants, social workers and those 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, and 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 pandemic), 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 

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, as well as 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 and waste disposal sectors. 

 

Where Employees believe they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service. 

 

If an eligible employees, finds their child’s school is closed then the employee should contact their local authority, who will direct them to a local school that their child, or children, can attend. 

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