School leaders’ union NAHT has published an open letter to David Cameron calling for assurances to be given to EU pupils, following concerns raised by its members. The full text of the letter is as follows:
Dear Prime Minister,
The vote to leave the European Union has brought uncertainty to many areas of life in Britain, including education.
School leaders are reporting to us that some of their young students are worrying about their future.
Pupils are worried about being forced to leave Britain. They are fearful of a potential rise in racism and community conflict. They are concerned about their prospects in an uncertain and isolated Britain.
It is not just the economic markets that need calming. Our young people need a statement from the government to address their fears.
NAHT strongly urges the Government to give pupils from the EU better assurance that they will be able to complete their school education without interruption; that they and their families remain welcome and valued members of the communities they call home.
Our schools are the places in which we shape our future as a nation. Our teachers and school leaders can help young people make sense of dramatic changes and build their own plans. To do this, we need clarity, swiftly. Please do not ignore the impact of the EU referendum result on the next generation.