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"Checks on immigration status in schools will divide communities and create a climate of fear"

The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK participated in the debate on the adverse impact of the Immigration Bill at the TUC Congress in Liverpool, highlighting the adverse impact on schools.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“It is inappropriate for teachers to be asked to check immigration status before admitting a child to the school, entering them for an examination, or providing a reference for university.

“Teachers work to foster trust and confidence in the children and young people they teach. They seek to ensure that children and young people have a secure school environment in which they feel safe to learn.

“However, this is being seriously undermined as teachers and other school staff are increasingly being expected to take on responsibilities more appropriate for border control officers.”

Michelle Codrington Rogers, NASUWT, speaking in the debate, said:

“I teach my pupils their rights and responsibilities. The right to education. The right to learn in a safe environment.

“Now teachers are being encouraged to spot ‘illegal immigrants’ which will lead to suspicion and stereotyping.

“This Bill will divide our communities and create a climate of fear in our schools.”

 

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