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COVID19 - Coronavirus Update

Page last updated: 22/04/2021

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Before making contact, please read all available links and guidance on:

If your question(s) isn't answered on any of the above, email

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you need to speak to the DfE direct, use the contact details below: 

​(Opening hours 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday) 

​Please note: If you work in a school, you will need your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline. 

Reporting a confirmed case

If you have a confirmed case in your school, you must notify:

When notifying the Schools Communication Team, please use the following form:
More information on responding to a case of covid19 can be found below:

​​​Frequently Asked Questions

The documents below will be updated as and when new queries arise.


Templates for you to use if you have a confirmed case of COVID19 within your setting​

Risk Assessments

​​Risk assessments to use in school.:

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Support and advice for staff, students and families

Supporting Family Wellbeing 

  • The Essex Wellbeing Service will be providing navigators to help you find the right support for pupil's and their families. This is an early intervention offer to support you in addition meet the increase in demand in addition to what you are able to offer as a school/setting.
    • To access the Essex Wellbeing Service navigators, phone this number: 0300 303 9988
    • This is accessible from the 8th March 2021.
    • Families can use this directly, or request support from school/setting staff.
    • There will be promotional materials available to share this vital information with families.

Please share these links with your families to provide them with some helpful advice and information to support their emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Our previous recovery and return to educational settings suite of resources can be found on the Essex Infolink Covid-19 page

  • The Essential Living Fund is available for families who need emergency help with heating, water, food, bills and other essential household items. Families can call 0300 7900 124 (8:45am-5:00pm).

Supporting Social, Emotional and Mental Health

National and local research findings are indicating that social, emotional and mental health needs continue to be a priority and concern. There are four themes that we have prioritised:

  • Essex's social, emotional and mental health pillars of support
  • Disordered eating
  • Self-injury (self-harm)
  • Loneliness and isolation 

Public Health and DfE Guidance


Guidance, information and resources on various aspects of schooling and more during the coronavirus outbreak

​​​Remote Learning and Resources

Guidance, support and resources for remote learning for schools, students and families

Safeguarding and SEN

​Information and resources to help ensure the safety and protection all students, as well as support for vulnerable children and children with SEND 

Archived Guidance and Resources

To view previous guidance and resources shared with schools, visit the Covid - Archived Resources​ page.