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Archived Event: Welcoming Refugee Children: Advice and Guidance for Schools

This event has already taken place, and is shown here for information only.

Date: 9 Feb 2022

Time: 16.00-17.00

Venue: Online

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Join the Bell Foundation‘s event to hear from experts in the field give practical advice about how schools might best welcome and support newly arrived learners who are refugees.

As more Afghan families are moved out of temporary accommodation and into longer term housing, schools continue to welcome new arrivals. This webinar will provide schools and practitioners with useful information, as well as practical guidance to help ensure a smooth induction period for learners and their families. The content will be of interest to schools welcoming families from Hong Kong and other countries, as well as those from Afghanistan.

Speakers include:

Megan Greenwood will discuss how the Schools of Sanctuary model might be used as a vehicle to enable school development around welcome and inclusion. Megan will reflect on how raising awareness of issues relating to migration and seeking sanctuary amongst the whole school community can help to combat misunderstanding and misinformation, and instead promote compassion and welcome.

Catherine Gladwell will focus in particular on welcoming children from Afghanistan. She will consider some of the potential barriers to their progress in schools and will provide practical approaches that schools can follow to overcome these challenges.

Jane Daffe will share some key learnings from setting up NEST – the Nottingham Education Sanctuary Team, a specialist full-time educational provision for asylum seeking and refugee young people aged 15-18.  Jane will consider how the NEST ethos is built on the three fundamental elements identified in the work of Professor Ravi Kohli (University of Bedfordshire); safety, belonging and success.


Areas of focus will include:

  • Creating a whole school ethos around sanctuary and migration.
  • The impact of previous experience on children.
  • Challenges for resettled Afghan children (well-being and academic).
  • Strategies for helping new arrivals and their families to settle in your school.
  • Strategies for working students who enter the education system in England during KS3 or KS4.

Who should register for the webinar:

  • Local Authority education teams.
  • Schools leaders.
  • Inclusion teams.
  • Pastoral leaders.
  • Teachers, teaching assistants and trainee teachers.
  • EAL co-ordinators.


Why you should register for this webinar:

  • A great opportunity for participants to have direct access to expert advice from experts in the field.
  • Opportunity to pose questions regarding supporting learners who are refugees.
  • Links to useful resources.
  • Time-saving, one-hour intensive session with Q&A.
  • Access to session recording.
  • First to hear about future webinars and how to sign up.



If you have any questions that specifically relate to the webinar topic which you would like answered during the live session you can send them to: [email protected].