Headteachers call on David Cameron to reassure ‘fearful’ EU pupils over Brexit consequences

Students are worried that they will be forced to leave the UK and racism will surge, according to school leaders.

Headteachers’ union the NAHT has written to the prime minister today asking him to address the fears of young students.

In a letter to David Cameron, the union said students are concerned about their future following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT, wrote: “Pupils are worried about being forced to leave Britain. They are fearful of a potential rise in racism and community conflict.

“They are concerned about their prospects in an uncertain and isolated Britain.”

Mr Hobby urged the PM to reassure EU pupils that that they’ll be able “to complete their school education without interruption” and they and their families “remain welcome and valued members of the communities they call home”.

He concluded: “Our schools are the places in which we shape our future as a nation. Our teachers and school leaders can help young people make sense of dramatic changes and build their own plans.

“To do this, we need clarity, swiftly. Please do not ignore the impact of the EU referendum result on the next generation.”

Mr Cameron has said this week that extra cash for security measures will be available as part of a fresh push to “drive appalling hate crimes” out of Britain in the wake of the referendum vote.

And in a House of Commons statement on Monday, the prime minister said that he could “reassure European citizens living here, and Brits living in European countries, that there will be no immediate changes in their circumstances”.

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