Recruiters: What Your EU Trained Supply Teachers Need to Know

Supply Teachers

Uncertainty about the future can be one of the hardest things to live with, and few things are more uncertain at the moment than the UK’s future relationship with the EU. The right of EU nationals to remain in the UK is one of the points around which this uncertainty revolves, so if you engage EU – trained supply teachers you might find yourself managing some very anxious people.

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If your EU-trained teachers want to stay in the UK and are worried that they won’t be allowed to, we’d advise that they apply to the EU Settlement Scheme now, rather than waiting to see what happens.

The EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement scheme enables citizens of the EU, the EEA and Switzerland to continue living and working in the UK after the UK leaves the EU. Citizens of the Republic of Ireland and those who already have indefinite leave to remain do not need to apply.

The scheme is open now and applications are free.

What their status will be

If your teacher has 5 years’ continuous residence in the UK before they apply, and they started living in the UK before 31st December 2020, a successful application with get them “settled status”. This will give them the right to remain in the UK for as long as they like, and they’ll retain their status unless they leave the UK for more then 5 years. They can also apply for British citizenship if they’re eligible.

If they have less than 5 years’ continuous residence, they can apply for “pre-settled status” which means they have the right to remain in the UK for five years, at which point they can apply for settled status.

In both cases the teacher will retain the right to:

  • Work in the UK
  • Use the NHS
  • Enrol in education or continue studying
  • Access state benefits if eligible
  • Travel in and out of the UK

“Continuous residence” means:

Your EU Trained teacher has been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for at least six months in any 12-month period. There are exceptions that would let them leave the country for longer:

A single 12-month period for an important reason (like childbirth, serious illness, study, vocational training or overseas work)

  • Compulsory military service
  • Time spent abroad as a crown servant, or a family member of a crown servant
  • Time spent abroad in the armed forces, or as a family member of someone in the armed forces

Travelling outside the UK

Whether your EU-trained teachers have settled or pre-settled status, spending short periods outside the UK will not present a problem, so for example they could visit family in an EU country during the school holidays without any issues.

For longer periods, those with settled status should be able to spend up to 5 years, and those with pre-settled status for up to 2 years, without losing their status – but at the time of writing this is subject to approval by parliament.

 Children born after application

Any children born to parents with settled status will automatically be British citizens. Those born to parents with pre-settled status will be automatically eligible for pre-settled status.

Bringing family members to the UK

Family members can join successful applicants in the UK before 31 December 2020, but they will need to apply to the EU settlement scheme once they’re here. Whether they can continue to use the scheme after December 2020 will depend on whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal.

Once the deadline has passed, this doesn’t mean your teacher’s family members can’t come to the UK, only that they can no-longer use the EU Settlement scheme.


The deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme is 30th June 2021, or December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. We would advise your EU-trained teachers to apply now if possible, to resolve the situation and give them peace of mind.

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, close family members will be able to use the scheme after December 2020, along as your relationship with them began before that date. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the deadline will be 29th March 2022.

If you have any questions or if we can help in any way please contact our expert team on 01296 468 483 or email


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