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NAHT and NEU write a joint letter to the secretary of state for education regarding EU exit preparations

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Today, general secretaries from NAHT and NEU have written to Gavin Williamson, the secretary of state for education regarding reports of some EU citizen children having school places threatened because of the confusing discourse around a no-deal Brexit.

In the letter, NAHT general secretary Paul Whiteman and joint NEU general secretaries Kevin Courtney and Dr Mary Bousted expressed concern about the spread of misinformation and the anxiety this is causing for both children and school staff.

They also called for the government to provide clarity around the DfE’s guidance. “We believe the DfE’s guidance for schools lacks clarity. While noting that schools cannot take nationality or immigration status into account for admission purposes, it fails to make clear that schools should not ask parents of enrolled pupils to prove that their child has applied for, or holds, settled status.”

The NEU and NAHT have asked for confirmation that the addresses of pupils will not be passed to the Home Office on request and for future guidance from the DfE to be more than a repeat of the Home Office’s general advice to employers.

First published 15 October 2019