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London meeting to defend overseas teachers

Issue No. 2058

Over 170 teachers attended a meeting at NUT teachers’ union headquarters on Tuesday of last 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 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.

One teacher explained that in her school it was overseas trained teachers who stayed and turned the school around after it went into special measures following an Ofsted inspection, only to be told now that they are no longer needed.

The meeting decided to set up a network of overseas trained teachers and union representatives.

There will be a campaign which combines detailed casework with petitions and protests.

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Tue 3 Jul 2007, 18:28 BST
Issue No. 2058
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