#LetThemTeach campaign launches to keep teachers in our schools

Tes has today launched a campaign to stop non-EU international teachers from being turned away from Britain.

The campaign – “Let Them Teach” – follows a Tes investigation which revealed that desperately needed international teachers are being forced to quit their jobs and leave the country at short notice because they cannot renew their visas.

To stop this from happening, we are calling for the entire teaching profession to be added to the “shortage occupation list”, which gives higher priority for visas each month.

Currently only teachers in four subjects – maths, physics, computer science and Mandarin – are on the list.

To launch the campaign, the editor of Tes, Ann Mroz, has written a letter to the education secretary, Damian Hinds, and the home secretary, Sajid Javid.  The letter – which you can read here – has been signed by the leaders of England’s major teaching unions. 

To launch the campaign, the editor of Tes, Ann Mroz, has written a letter to the education secretary, Damian Hinds, and the home secretary, Sajid Javid. 

“At a time when schools are grappling with a recruitment crisis, heads are being prevented from hiring talented teachers from abroad – having already found it impossible to fill vacancies via domestic recruitment.

“Worse still, valued teachers in British schools are being forced to leave their jobs – and the country – because they cannot get their visas renewed. Teachers spoke to us movingly about how they had been left ‘heartbroken’ by having to abandon jobs that they loved, and pupils with whom they had formed a special bond.”

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Schools need to be able to recruit from overseas because there are simply not enough teachers in this country.

“ASCL has argued for some time that there is a national shortage of teachers and that teaching as a whole should be placed on the shortage occupation list. We wholeheartedly support the campaign launched by Tes.”

Read the full article and the letter to Damian Hinds and Sajid Javid #LetThemTeach campaign launches to keep teachers in our schools

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