A committee of immigration experts are being called on to examine whether teaching positions could be filled with candidates from outside the European Union to address shortages.

The Home Office has written to the chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and commissioned them to examine whether it would be “sensible to fill through non-European Economic Area migration” areas where there is a “shortage of teachers or teachers in specific subjects.”

Currently schools can sponsor teachers from outside of the EU for a tier 2 visa but there is a limit to the number of candidates that can be taken each year.

Speaking to Schools Week Darryl Mydat, managing director of The London Teacher Pool, said the cap on visa approvals meant that teachers could be offered jobs at schools willing to sponsor their bids, but they would be rejected because the limit had already been met.

“Last year I had 25 teachers sitting in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA who had job offers from schools but they couldn’t get into the UK.

“I would like to see the cap lifted for those with any skills of which there is a shortage.”

According to the Home Office the commission relates to all teaching professionals in primary and secondary education in both the state and private sectors.

All those with a vested interest in this issue has until September to submit their evidence to MAC.

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