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Critical Worker Survey

Wednesday 16th December 2020


Dear Parents and Carers


With the announcement that London is moving to Tier 3, we wanted to make sure that in January we are ready for every eventuality.  Below is the latest list [3rd December 2020] of identified critical workers for your information.


Critical workers are parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections:


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:


support and teaching staff

social workers

specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (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 coronavirus (COVID-19) response or delivering essential public services, such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arm’s length bodies


Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food:




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 coronavirus (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 coronavirus (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 coronavirus (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


This list has changed since it was first published in March 2020 so we felt it important to be as up to date as possible to deal effectively with any government directives we need to follow.  Therefore, we have put together a short survey for you to complete, please follow the link:


We would appreciate you filling the Survey in for each individual child that you have in the schools.  The information from the survey will be invaluable in planning for remote learning, deployment of staff within the schools and making sure we do our best for the children and you. 


Our aim is, and has always been, to have the children in school safely and we will continue to do everything possible to continue that.   


Warmest regards


Yours sincerely



Ms Jane Neal &  Ms Jo Clarke

Infant Head Teacher  &  Junior Head Teacher