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Education and learning

Essex County Council provides information on the different types of schools and education available in Essex, including early education, adult learning and help with costs. There are many learning courses open to adults to further work and life skills. They also provide support for any issues children or parents may be facing, such as attendance, bullying and how to make a complaint.


Schools in Brentwood are provided by Essex County Council. Find out more about admissions, school transport, attendance and home education by visiting Essex schools. You can also find help with homework, out of school activities and issues such as bullying.

Independent schools in Brentwood

Early years and childcare 

Essex County Council's Early Years and Childcare Service provide information on every aspect of early years development and childcare services in Essex. There is information on support for parents, choosing childcare, work life balance and funding, as well as information and training for those wanting to work in childcare, after school care, childminding, or set up a nursery.


Essex County Council can help with school or college transport if you're over sixteen years old, funding if you want to stay on at school after sixteen, free school meals and, in exceptional circumstances, grant aid for uniforms.

Pupils and students can also contact Essex County Council for helpful financial advice and support.

Havering College prides itself on being an outstanding provider of education for everyone in the community.  They work closely with local employers, agencies and universities to develop relevant courses and provide a gateway to all levels of learning, so that every student is able to progress as far as they wish, including degree level.

ACL Essex (Adult Community Learning)

ACL Essex (Adult Community Learning) is an award winning training organisation offering a wide range of learning opportunities for adults and businesses in Essex including apprenticeships. Graded good by Ofsted and recognised as a leading provider, ACL designs and delivers hundreds of interesting, varied courses and training programmes at venues across the county. Whatever your learning aim, ACL presents a professional and friendly environment at a time and place to suit you.

View the ACL Facebook page.


At Learndirect you can find hundreds of specially created online courses in computers, office skills and self development, designed so that you can learn at a time, place and pace to suit your needs.

Find information on our network of over 2000 learndirect centres to help you with your local learning needs, impartial advice on over 700,000 courses from providers throughout the UK.

Finding a job

Using Jobcentre Plus job search, you can find thousands of new jobs available every week, or you can look for voluntary work.

School governors

Information about how to become a school governor and the role of the governing body.