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Brexit blamed as language assistant numbers dive

Modern-language assistants flee Scotland amid uncertainty over post-EU future

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The number of modern-language assistants (MLAs) in Scotland has almost halved in a year, amid fears that Brexit has deterred European students from working in the UK.

The British Council – which arranges for MLAs to work in the country – told Tes Scotland that 80 are being employed across 15 local authorities this year, down from 146 across 14 authorities last year. This is one of the lowest figures since current records began in 2003.

A low point of 72 MLAs was reached in 2013-14, as local budget cuts started to bite, but numbers revived as councils used funding from the Scottish government ...

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