Brexit is killing Britain’s educations system

We are teachers, students and academics here in the North East devastated by Brexit.

Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 10:30 am
Updated Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 10:33 am

Make no mistake about it. Brexit is killing Britain’s education system. And that’s why we are fighting to stop it.

We are teachers against Brexit. Being part of Europe has given our families, proudly rooted in our local communities, the joy of possibilities beyond our borders.

But now, our schools are hurt by funding cuts, with schools closing early and class sizes getting bigger.

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Here in the North East alone, 2,257 schools have had ruthless cuts to funding in the last few years.

And Brexit would only make our schools poorer.

We are academics against Brexit.

Our universities in the North East rely on generous EU research investment.

In the last decade, the EU has invested £294million into universities in the North East (and this doesn’t even include Erasmus funding), data released by Best for Britain and Tech for UK shows. And our universities are held together by over 1,300 dedicated EU academic staff. But since the referendum, over 500 have left our region.

Brexit is breaking our universities.

Together, we will not let our schools, colleges and universities become the forgotten victims of Brexit.

Our education has been neglected for years by the political class. And Brexit is a step too far.

That’s why we urge our local MPs to realise the Government’s deal would destroy our communities.

Brexit must be voted down, and the public must have the final say.

Alison Tonge and David Harrison,

Teachers, Washington and Sunderland West