EU EXIT: PREPARATIONS FOR BRADFORD SCHOOLS.

The UK is due to leave the European Union (EU) at 11pm on 29 March 2019.

At the moment the type of exit – whether through a negotiated withdrawal agreement or a no deal exit – has not been decided.

We can reassure residents and businesses that the Council, working with partners, is focusing on the future and getting the best deal for Bradford District during this prolonged period of uncertainty.

During this time, the Council, its partner organisations, the voluntary sector and other community groups will continue working to bring people from different backgrounds together, increasing understanding within and between communities.

Bradford's diversity is one of its strengths. Bradford is a multicultural, modern city. Our district is a resilient place: over the years its citizens have rejected any divisive messages – built on intolerance, prejudice or hatred – with integrity, dignity and unity.

Guidance and advice

To help you to find out more about Brexit (the popular term for the process of the UK leaving the EU) the UK Government has provided some general information, guidance for EU citizens and their families who reside in the UK, and advice for businesses on how Brexit may affect them and any EU-born employees.

The guidance is regularly updated as more information becomes available.

In order to ensure schools are ready for the 29 March deadline, the DfE have produced guidance for schools which covers:

  • Travel to the EU
  • Data protection
  • Exchange students
  • EU Settlement Scheme
  • Recognition of teaching qualifications
  • Checking for EEA regulating authority teacher sanctions or restrictions
  • Supply chains

Schools which have submitted visits to the EU on the Evolve system, or which have a planned visit around or after 29 March 2019, should inform the Outdoor Education Service of their plans by emailing outdooreducation@bradford.gov.uk. It is important that schools follow DfE guidance and also seek advice from tour operators and insurance companies.

Schools should also liaise with any contractors on their Business Continuity arrangements and put into place any advised contingencies. This is with regard especially to food supply, fuel, maintenance and utilities. It is anticipated that schools which contract with Bradford LA for school catering should not expect problems with supply or the service at this time, although having a contingency plan in place is nevertheless recommended.

We also recommend that schools should identify any staff, pupils, family members (especially vulnerable children) who will be affected by the changes and support them in whatever way they can through the EU Settlement Scheme.

It is important that schools review their own systems and supply chains to be fully informed of how a “no deal EU exit” will affect the day-to-day running of the school and again, where possible, have contingencies in place.

General guidance and information will be published on the Prepare for EU Exit website.

Further guidance for schools can be found at the DfE gov.uk website.

And in the following sites:

Further guidance will be published by Bradford LA as and when it becomes available.

If you have any questions please contact David Maw.


Information

Published: 18/02/2019
Audience: ALL
Contact: David Maw

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