1 April 2018
Commenting after the debate on Motion 43, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:
“The NEU is deeply concerned about the growth in racism internationally, as witnessed in the elections in the United States, Germany and France, where openly racist organisations gained substantial ground.
“We are also deeply concerned about the impact Brexit may have on EU teachers working in the UK. We will campaign to ensure that the Government gives a firm commitment to the preservation of rights currently enjoyed by EU and EEA nationals living and working here and who make a tremendous contribution to the education of children and young people in this country. Given the current teacher recruitment crisis, it is more urgent than ever that we attract and retain EU and EEA teachers.
“It is unacceptable and shocking that refugee children who arrive in this country, and have already been through so much already, are treated with such hostility. There needs to be a clear message from Government that refugees entitled to enter this country are welcome and are treated with respect. The failure of the Government to implement the ‘Dubs amendment’ leaves many refugee children who are entitled to a welcome in this country, vulnerable and at risk.
“We are proud to be the first ever education union to partner with Refugee Week, helping to celebrate its 20th anniversary. (1) As part of this work we have launched a ‘Welcoming Refugee Children to Your School guide’. (2) This provides information about ways in which teachers can create a refugee-friendly school, make an accessible curriculum and think about principles of effective practice.
“Alongside the guide we have developed a range of video clips that capture refugee children and young people’s experiences in schools. (3) We hope that these resources will help inform teacher practice in supporting refugees in their school.
“We will continue to work with schools to challenge racism as well as working closely with organisations such as Show Racism the Red Card and Stand Up To Racism.”