The Government has published a series of guidance notes offering advice to organisations in various sectors on how to prepare for Brexit.

The note applying to schools, which has been recently updated, can be found at

It covers matters such as the EU Settlement Scheme (for EU citizens currently working in the UK), education staff from the EU arriving after Brexit and European teaching qualifications.

The Department for Education (DfE) highlights that schools and local authorities cannot take into account nationality or immigration status when deciding which pupils to admit.

There will be no change to this policy after Brexit.

The guidance also includes a link where anyone interested can sign up for email alerts giving the latest information as does an updated advice note for higher education institutions in England on how to prepare for Brexit.

Available at, this also covers the EU Settlement Scheme and staff from the EU arriving after Brexit as well as student finance and EU schemes such as Erasmus+.

Similar guidance can be found at covering further education and apprenticeship providers in England.

Finally, there is a specific note on data protection for education providers available at

This sets out the steps education providers must take to remain compliant with data protection laws when the UK leaves the EU.

However, it emphasises that it is not designed to cover every incidence of where an organisation processes personal data, is not designed to replace their own risk review and is not a substitute for legal advice.

Those responsible for data should note that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be incorporated into UK law if there is a no-deal Brexit and that this and the Data Protection Act 2018 will continue to apply to data transferred within or from the UK.

Last reviewed 28 August 2019