Home Office: Let Mr and Mrs Maguire Stay
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Mrs Dawn Maguire-Reeves is a UK citizen who has been living and working in Canada for many years. She and her retired husband have come to the UK where Mrs Maguire-Reeves has been working as a teacher in the Aberdeenshire area. However, Mr Reeves has been refused a spousal visa by the UK government meaning they will have to return to Canada.
I have created this petition because this decision, in the context of a huge shortage of teachers, is nothing short of lunacy. Prior to taking up her teaching position it has been reported that the post had been vacant for 2 years! But more than that.....
Our son is currently being assessed as likely autistic spectrum disorder and has been displaying challenging behaviours. Mrs Maguire-Reeves has been simply amazing and worked a miracle! She has been able to support his school, educate and train teaching staff and has provided invaluable 1:1 direct support. She has ensured that a boy who was experiencing exclusion is now in full-time inclusive education. Mrs Maguire-Reeves saw the potential in a child, not the problem and has provided positive intervention. In a time of cut backs, particularly in the area of Additional Support Needs, we are at a loss as to how it is in the public interest to send them both home when Mrs Maguire-Reeves is providing invaluable support to ASN children and their schools. Whilst we are sharing our story in order to support their request to stay in the UK, we know there are many families in Aberdeenshire who have been lucky enough to have the support of this remarkable teacher.
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