The Elliot Foundation and Covid-19

The Elliot Foundation is a charitable Trust that operates 28 primary schools in the West Midlands, East Anglia and London. The board of trustees is the responsible body for the safety and wellbeing of all children and staff in all of our schools. This responsibility is delegated to the CEO and the Operations Group on a day to day basis to operate a framework for all of our schools that first makes them as safe as reasonably possible for children and staff and also meets our contractual and moral obligations to government and society as a whole.

Our approach to the safe provision of education during the pandemic is guided by our values and is set out in our principles and structures of reopening and our approach to reopening. Each of our schools has followed this approach and developed its own operational risk management document based on this template. We cannot share the actual documents as they name individual staff and children and to do so would breach our duty of confidentiality to their personal data.

Further detail on our specific Covid related policies can be found here.

Staff Feedback

Throughout this year we have worked closely with unions and professional associations to ensure that all our staff had a sense of agency over their own risks. We are delighted that over 90% of our staff felt that we had looked after their physical safety and 80% of parents felt that we had looked after their physical health and safety whilst 85% agreed we had also looked after their mental health and wellbeing. 

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Parent/carer feedback

We also asked our parents and carers how we are doing and 80% of them felt we were looking after both the physical and mental wellbeing of their children.

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This is made all the more remarkable when almost 50% of respondents disclosed that they were either anxious or extremely anxious about children returning to schools and over 40% claimed that their personal or financial circumstances had been changed by Covid.

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