Joint NEU general secretaries Kevin Courtney and Dr Mary Bousted, together with NAHT general secretary Paul Whiteman, have written to Gavin Williamson the Secretary of State for Education to express dismay at recent reports that some EU citizen children have had their school places threatened because of the confused discourse around a no deal Brexit. They have expressed concern that the actions of some school leaders may be a consequence of poor quality guidance to schools. The general secretaries said:
“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.”
For the benefit of schools, 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.
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