No-deal Brexit could see changes to partial qualified teacher status


European special education needs teachers will not be eligible for partial qualified teacher status (QTS) in England if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

It means that teachers from the European Economic Area (EEA) who are only qualified to teach pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) must obtain qualified teacher status in order to take a qualified teaching job.

Under current rules, those from the EEA can apply for partial QTS and take qualified teacher positions in special or mainstream schools, although the Department of Education has said this will be scrapped in the event of a no-deal exit.

The new rules will also apply to general teachers from the EEA and Switzerland, again if the UK leaves in a no-deal scenario.

These teaching staff will be required to provide evidence that they undertook their professional training “mainly in the EEA or Switzerland”, that it is recognised in that location and a letter from a competent authority detailing so.

The letter must confirm that a teacher is “recognised as a qualified teacher” and that they are not subjected to any restrictions.

Should a deal happened which includes an implementation period, the Department for Education has said the current arrangements would continue to apply for that period.

“Arrangements after the implementation period are subject to further negotiations between the UK and EU,” a statement says.

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