Over 170 teachers attended a meeting at NUT teachers union headquarters on Tuesday of this week to address the situation facing hundreds of overseas teachers in London.
The teachers are affected by a tightening up of regulations whereby overseas trained teachers have to achieve qualified teachers’ status (QTS) within four years of starting teaching in the Britain.
Further laws that treat teachers from Commonwealth countries differently from their European counterparts are also creating misery.
Many of the teachers at the meeting had been given letters telling them their jobs would end in September, and for large numbers of these their residency is dependent on their jobs.
The loss of this group of teachers would mean a considerable drop in the number of black teachers in London, as well as the loss of Australians and New Zealanders, all of who keep the schools running in many inner London boroughs.
One teacher told how in her school it was overseas trained teachers who stayed on and turned the school around after it went into special measures following an Ofsted inspection, only to be told now they are no longer needed.
The meeting decided to set up a network of overseas trained teachers and union reps.
There will be a campaign which combines detailed casework with petitions and protests.
The meeting agreed to back a lobby of the DfES on Wednesday 11 July at 5pm (Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BT).
If you want to be involved in the email network contact Kevin Courtney on firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be put on the mailing list. Specific casework should be taken up with local and regional officers. The national union is backing this campaign.