Brexit and the education sector

As of January 2019, there were nearly 147,000 EU students studying a higher education qualification in the UK, contributing £5.1 billion to the UK economy and supporting 20,000 jobs.

Research has revealed that 57% of Britain’s schools, colleges and universities do not have a plan in place to deal with the impact of the UK leaving the European Union.

Independent schools in the UK are those likely to be most affected. The Independent Schools Council Census showed that 10% of students in the UK’s independent schools are from overseas, compared to just 6% across the sector.

Some universities are giving guarantees to EU students who enrol prior to the UK leaving the EU. Brexit will not affect their status with regards to tuition fees. However, such guarantees may not extend to an unforeseeable change in visa regulations.

There is, of course, the impact on the teaching staff. One in ten of those that have been surveyed confirmed that EU national staff were already planning to leave the UK, following Brexit.

57% of British schools and colleges currently employ EU nationals. Depending on the final agreement with the EU, there could be many establishments in the sector with recruitment issues.

For those educational institutions who do not yet have a plan in place, there are still plenty of opportunities to do so. Please contact me to find out how we can help.

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