What is on your mind about Brexit and schools!! Are we prepared .How will our pupils and teachers be affected in the way of
- Funding and budgets
- Catering increases
- Staff shortages
- Gaps in a modern foreign language.
- School intake
Most Topics will stay the same for schools until at least 31 December 2020,
I have picked out below the most discussed issues of today
School Places, Admissions
Did you know that living in the UK can apply for and access a school place in England irrespective of migration status and this will continue after our exit from the EU.
Here in the UK, school admissions processes do not take into account either immigration status or nationality and so schools must not deny a child a place on the basis of their nationality or migration status.
In a no deal situation, following the UK’s exit from the EU, EEA EFTA and Swiss nationals living in the UK by 29 March 2019 can remain in the country and access benefits and public services, including education, on broadly the same terms as now. Receipt of certain benefits might also qualify families for free school meals. They would need, however, to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 December 2020 to remain beyond this date. The government has published arrangements for these EU citizens in the case of a non-negotiated exit from the EU and for EEA EFTA and Swiss nationals.
The right of Irish nationals to access education in England/the UK is/will continue to be protected under the Common Travel Area arrangements.
Applications for a school place can be made from overseas by those with a right of residence in the UK, but admission authorities and local authorities may require an applicant to provide proof of residence in the UK so that schools can apply their admission arrangements. UK nationals returning from the EU should be considered for admission to a school on the same basis as people living in the UK. UK nationals who return from the EU after EU exit will be legally entitled to access benefits in the same way as they are now.
Please note that there will be no change for EU, EEA EFTA and Swiss teachers whose qualifications have been recognised (and who’ve been awarded Qualified Teacher Status) before 29 March 2019, or for those who’ve applied for a recognition decision before this time.
Travel Planning for Students and Staff
Please take in to consideration the number of issues you will need to be aware of when planning travel to the EU for staff or students. The government has published information on the actions that you will need to consider, including in relation to passports, health cover and transport.
If there is no EU Exit deal, after March 2019,
- UK nationals will need to check the details of their passports and, if necessary, apply for a new one before travel to a Schengen Area country.
- For most people no action will be required, but if the passport has less than six months validity remaining on the date of travel, it will need to be renewed in advance.
- Travel Insurance
- Driving in the EU.