Brexit and the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued advice for schools regarding Brexit and the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This advice can be found on the DfE's Prepare your school for Brexit web page.

Issues for NASUWT members

EU/EEA/EFTA and Swiss qualified teachers gaining QTS

Currently, qualified teachers from the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), European Free Trade Area, (EFTA) and Switzerland have the right to have their professional status and qualifications considered for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England.

More details can be found on the Government's Qualified teacher status web page.

EU, EEA, EFTA and Swiss teachers working in the UK

If you worked in the UK before 31st December 2020 and you plan to continue living in the UK after 30th June 2021, you will need to sign up to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The deadline for applying to the Scheme is 30 June 2021. The Scheme is free to apply.

If you have lived in the UK for a continuous five-year period, you will be entitled to settled status. If you have lived in the UK for less than five years, you will be entitled to pre-settled status.

Further details of the Scheme can be found at the Government's Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme web page.

Irish citizens

Irish citizens will be able to continue living in the UK and will not have to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme; however, family members who do not have British or Irish passports will be required to apply through the EU Settlement Scheme.

Advice for school leaders

The DfE advise schools to signpost staff members from the EU, EEA, EFTA or Switzerland to the EU Settlement Scheme. Schools should also encourage teachers who have not applied for QTS to do so.
A toolkit for employers is available the Government's EU Settlement Scheme: employer toolkit web page.

UK teachers’ rights in the EU

If you are a UK teacher currently working in the EU, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement until the end of the implementation period on 31st December 2020.

You and your family will need to apply for residence status to show you were already resident in the country before 31st December 2020. The EU country in which you are resident will have set up a system to apply for residence status. 

More details can be found on the Government's Living in the EU: prepare for Brexit web page.

Bilateral arrangements have been made with a number of EU countries. You can find guidance for individual countries on the Government's UK nationals living in the EU web page.

Further information

The DfE has produced further guidance on the UK’s exit from the EU (DfE EU Exit guidance):

  • school places for EU pupils;
  • further advice for employers, including checks for EEA regulating authority teacher sanctions or restrictions;
  • travel to the EU;
  • data protection;
  • food supplies;
  • Erasmus.

If you require further information and advice, please email the Member Support Advice Team.