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Brakenhale teacher wins right to stay

A high profile campaign by Brakenhale School has won a valued history teacher, Ms Loj, her right to stay in the UK and continue teaching at the school. 

A high profile campaign by Brakenhale School has won a valued history teacher, Ms Loj, her right to stay in the UK and continue teaching at the school. 
 
Ms Loj, a Canadian citizen, has been teaching history at Brakenhale for two years and is valued highly by both staff and students. She had her application for a visa denied twice. Without this visa, she would have had to return to Canada by 8th August and would not be allowed to come back to England.
 
Headteacher, Jane Coley, led a campaign on Twitter and Facebook, through which almost 20 thousand people signed the petition for the teacher to stay in the UK. BBC Bracknell also visited the school to raise awareness of the issue. 
 
Current visa rules can mean that teachers doing a vital job educating our children at a time when schools find it difficult to recruit are being stopped from working in the UK. More details can be found here: #LetThemTeach.
 
On 11 July, Mrs Coley announced that the campaign had been successful and Ms Loj had been granted her visa: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported us. Sense has prevailed!”