Labour fury over loss of data about shamed EU teachers after Brexit

Labour has blasted the Government after it emerged misconduct sanctions imposed on teachers in Europe will not be shared with UK authorities after a no-deal Brexit. Politics Home reports.

The Government admitted today it has no plan to maintain information sharing with the EU about teacher misconduct hearings if the UK quits without a deal. A guidance document published by the Department for Education said the rule that regulators must share details of “any sanction or restriction” on teachers in EEA countries will no longer apply.

It means professional watchdog, the Teaching Regulation Agency, will not receive data as before from EU countries, plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, unless a new plan is put in place.

Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner,  told PoliticsHome: “Even as the teaching workforce tips in to a full-blown crisis, Tory ministers are still burying their heads in the sand rather than taking the action needed to ensure that schools have the staff they need.

“Their reckless approach to Brexit threatens to make the existing shortfall in teachers even worse, with the number of European teachers in English schools falling for the first time in seven years and apparently no plan for a catastrophic no-deal scenario.”

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Anything which hinders the ability of schools to check the professional competence and conduct of a prospective teacher is clearly unwelcome.”

The Government also said it did not yet have a plan to ensure how professional teaching qualifications from the continent will be recognised after a no-deal Brexit.

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