Key Worker Letter Template for Schools

Updated 9.30am 20 March 2020

As of Friday, 20 March 2020 all schools in the UK will be closing however Boris Johnson did explain that schools will still need to look after the children of key workers - such as NHS staff - but also the most vulnerable pupils.

With this in mind, we have created an editable template to help find out which students will need to be allocated a school space during this unprecedented time. This template also includes a reply slip for parents/ carers to keep your school up-to-date. A list, and description, of key workers can be found below.

Please note: If your Multi Academy Trust or Local Authority have already provided a template then we would advise not using this template.

Allocated key worker school space template

As the spread of coronavirus continues, it has now been confirmed that children of key workers will be able to continue to attend school.

Finding out which students require a space as soon as possible is important to help with arranging necessary staffing.

Please note: The official list of key workers has now been released and updated within the template.

Allocated key worker school space template

A list of key workers can be found below:

For further information please click each role for a full description of which roles are included within each category.

  • 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, 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.

If you have any feedback on this template please email