The number of EU teachers who want to work in England has collapsed in the last year, fearing that Brexit may aggravate staff shortages and affect language learning.
Teachers from EU countries requesting the right to work in English schools dropped by a quarter in a single year, according to official data. 3,525 people in the member states have obtained the status of qualified teacher (QTS) in 201
The fall comes after repeated warnings of staff shortages. Last summer the Institute for Education Policy stated that teaching shortages would become serious, resulting in larger classes and falling skills.
Last year the recruitment objectives were lost for all subjects except biology, English, history and physical education. Teacher education applications also dropped last month from a year earlier, according to the National Association of School Leaders.
Ian Hartwright, the union's senior adviser, said: "We found out from our work that there is no evidence to suggest [EU teachers] they are replacing UK teachers – in fact, they were probably filling the gaps and mitigating a crisis of recruitment and retention in teaching here and positively improving the lives of young people in England and the United Kingdom. "
Modern languages could be among the subjects most affected by the fall of European applications to teach in England, he added .
The Labor Party said plans for a post-Brexit immigration policy with a salary threshold of £ 30,000 for visa eligibility would affect teaching.  "The Tories have created a crisis in the recruitment and retention of teachers and their fake negotiations on Brexit are making things worse," said Shadow School Minister Mike Kane.
A spokesperson for or the Education Department said, "There are more than 450,000 teachers across the country – they are over 10,000 more than in 2010. The percentage of people starting post-graduate education of teachers abroad has been stable since 2016.
"The Education Secretary has made clear his commitment to recruit more teachers in our schools, and our next teacher recruitment and retention strategy will also help solve this problem. "