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In light of the EU referendum result, is there still an obligation for UK local authorities to secure school places for children of EU nationals?

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Produced in partnership with Shazia Akhtar of Hardwicke
Published on LexisPSL on 07/07/2016

The following Commercial Q&A produced in partnership with Shazia Akhtar of Hardwicke provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • In light of the EU referendum result, is there still an obligation for UK local authorities to secure school places for children of EU nationals?

The short answer to this question is undoubtedly, yes. Pupils who are children of migrant workers from the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) can attend a UK state school and have the same rights to education as British citizens. The EEA comprises all member states of the EU together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

This right was initially set out in Council Directive (77/486/EEC) of 25 July 1977 on the education of the children of migrant workers.

Article 14 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which after the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, acquired binding status within the UK and all other EU countries is also of relevance. It provides:

  1. Everyone has the right to education and to have access to vocational and continuing training.

  2. This right includes the possibility to receive free compulsory education.

  3. The freedom to found educational establishments with due respect for democratic principles and the right of parents to ensure the education and teaching of their children in conformity with their religious, philosophical and pedagogical convictions shall be respected, in accordance with the nati

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