Staffordshire County Council's Covid-19 Response.

This article has been kindly given to the SSCA by Philip Atkins OBE, Leader of Staffordshire County Council via e-mail (

Please find attached a “principles” document, which was e-mailed to around 1,000 schools and educational settings. Please share with colleagues, as appropriate.

Also attached is the short update sent to schools on Tuesday 12th May 2020, following the announcement that schools and education settings would open to more children from Monday 1st June 2020 at the earliest.

This document sets out principles and ambitions for reset and recovery for schools in Staffordshire, agreed with headteacher, trust CEO and trade union representatives.

We are working in partnership with schools through weekly meetings with a small group of headteachers and trust CEOs, including representatives from the headteacher forums. We are also meeting regularly with regional DfE and trade unions and professional associations. This is to develop a consistent approach to enable schools to interpret and implement the latest government guidance in preparation for early years, school and further education settings changes from Monday 1st June 2020 at the earliest, ahead of confirmation that the government’s 5 key tests have been met.

Obviously the Covid-19 pandemic is costing a lot of money, we estimate it has cost SCC £50 Million so far.

I also attach a letter I sent to Robert Jenrick thanking him for his efforts, telling him how the county council is working closely with our partners and what we have done to support the government.

Staffordshire in total has received from our government:

Cannock Chase


East Staffordshire






South Staffordshire




Staffordshire Moorlands








Staffordshire Police and Fire




Plus another £9,915,537 for care homes and £3,143,450 for Stoke.

The money will certainly help our area in the months ahead.

Thanks are due to our MPs for their efforts as well.


Philip Atkins OBE

Leader of Staffordshire County Council


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Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP - Covid-19 Response & Recovery.pdf 174.84 KB
School Closure Update.docx 27.83 KB
Staffordshire Principles.docx 45.7 KB