Brexit and teachers (2)

MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How are you supporting London’s EU teachers and teaching assistants throughout the Brexit process?


Brexit and teachers (2)

Brexit and teachers (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

With London schools continuing to experience significant challenges in recruitment and retention, my Teach London campaign promotes training to be a teacher and developing careers in London schools to all people including from EU countries.

The Government’s proposal to restrict future immigration to skilled people earning salaries over £30,000 simply won’t allow London to continue to grow its economy and provide crucial public services like teaching. The salary threshold must be reduced and/or the Shortage Occupation List considerably expanded. I supported the TES campaign for Government to put the entire teaching profession on the shortage occupation list for visas. The Department for Education’s new national teacher recruitment and retention strategy says that the Migration Advisory Committee, which has been asked to review the Shortage Occupation List, will now include consideration of the case for extending the teacher occupations on this List beyond maths, physics, general science, computing and Mandarin.

I am providing online advice about living in London after Brexit to all EU citizens through my EU Londoners Hub