Department for Education written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the responses to the survey of local authorities undertaken by his Department in September 2019 on schools' preparedness for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Holding answer received on 02 October 2019

The Department for Education has made extensive preparations for EU exit. This includes publishing comprehensive advice for schools, liaising with school food suppliers; and working closely with Kent County Council and Kent academy trusts, in recognition of the specific issues that might face schools in that part of the country. This is available at:

As part of this, the Department recently wrote to local authorities and academy trusts with additional information and asked them to complete a survey, to help inform our understanding of schools’ readiness.

The Department for Education will be considering the helpful feedback provided by the education sector on preparedness for the UK leaving the EU without a deal. This information will help us to ensure the sector is prepared to leave the EU on 31 October 2019.

Alongside completing this analysis, the Department will consider how best to share the findings from the survey.

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