Edsential takes its responsibilities for the health and safety of its staff and our schools very seriously. We are closely monitoring current developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and would like to reassure all of our schools and its parents that we are managing this outbreak so far as we are able, in line with all current advice and guidance.

Edsential Risk Assessment

We would like to reassure you that we are continuing to follow all Government advice regarding COVID-19.  We take our responsibilities very seriously and our ‘COVID-19 Secure’ risk assessments have been put together with support from Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Local Authority Health and Safety Team Advisors.  It has been circulated to all Edsential employees, and we will share it with all of our contractors, suppliers and visitors.

Additionally each team within Edsential: PE, Music, Learning Outside the Classroom, SEND, Artists, Governor Clerks and Residential all have service specific risk assessments for the particular services they deliver, should you require delivery of these services in school, this risk assessment will be sent to you.

Our catering and cleaning teams will have individual site-specific risk assessments and food/cleaning safety manuals will continue to be adhered to. All our onsite team will receive additional clarification around safe delivery of food to classrooms and delivery procedures.

All our employees will also adhere to your covid-19 arrangements, procedures, and risk assessments whilst they are onsite in your school. Working together will be crucial to control the virus and keep our employees, your staff, and your young people in your school community safe; this will continue to be our top priority.

The most recent update to our COVID-19 risk assessment is the implementation of face coverings in the workplace. For more information about how to correctly wear a face covering please Click Here.

 

To download any of our service specific COVID-19 risk assessments, please click on the relevant service name below:

Download the PHE NW COVID-19 Resource Pack for Schools

Catering

Our catering staff are still in schools ensuring our vulnerable and critical workers’ children are fed. We too are experiencing staff shortages, but like you, we are throwing everything we can, and any staff we have, at getting your school through to the other side. We will not let you down.

We have also been contacted by a number of schools with other catering providers to see if we can support in feeding vulnerable and key workers’ children at this time, or even just offer our advice. If you too need support in this area, please do not hesitate to contact us on hello@edsential.co.uk or call 0151 541 2170 and we will do our utmost to help. We’re all in this together.

Home Learning Support

To support schools, families, teachers, and children & young people at this time, we have asked our specialist teams to take some of their knowledge and expertise online, so you can still have access to the services we provide. Find out more here: www.edsential.com/here-for-you/

Cleaning

In the case of cleaning staff shortages in your schools or any required additional deep clean services, please contact andrew.allmark@edsential.co.uk and we will do our best to support you

UK Residential Trips

We are continuing to closely monitor all UK and Welsh Government guidance regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and how this may affect upcoming visits. Whilst the DfE ‘continue to advise against UK overnight educational visits’ at this time, the DfE recognise the enormous benefits overnight residential educational visits provide for children, and plan to revisit the guidance to confirm visits can safely resume from Easter 2021.

As such, we are continuing with our preparations to safely welcome schools to the Conway Centres in the Summer 2021 term and thank you for your continued support. Should you have any questions regarding your upcoming visit, please contact our bookings team via conwaycentre@edsential.co.uk

Overseas Trips and EVOLVE

Our Evolve team are still here on a daily basis to responding to queries.

If you are in need of any advice then please get in touch with our LOtC team on – LOtC@Edsential.co.uk or alternatively, contact any the team’s members directly.

CPD and Training

Where possible we have moved all of our CPD and Training online.  To view upcoming training dates please visit – Training & CPD – Edsential

Governors

In these ever-changing times we want to provide reassurance that our clerking service will continue to provide advice and guidance to your Governing board.

Our governance team have been supporting schools with facilitating meetings over conference call. Governing bodies can also find valuable guidance on the continuity of governing meetings from the NGA here.

You can contact us via your clerk as usual or Nicky Bebbington on 0151 541 2170 extension 2002.

Our staff

In addition to our stringent and increased hygiene and distancing measures for our catering and cleaning staff still in schools, our office-based staff are now working from home.

We are still at the end of the telephone should you need us: 0151 541 2170