Resource type: Event
Price band: Free
Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, EYFS
Region(s): All of UK
Refugee Week is a UK-wide celebration of the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.
Refugee Week is held every year around World Refugee Day on 20th June. In 2023 Refugee Week takes place from 19th-25th June.
The Refugee Week website provides a number of resources for schools, including:
- Recording of an online workshop looking at the challenges faced by children and young people seeking sanctuary and some approaches to supporting their particular needs in the classroom.
- Children and Young People’s packs containing themed activities and teaching resources.
- Access to a range of online films that explore the experiences of refugees.
- Links to organisations that can organise a speaker to come into your school.
About Counterpoints Arts: Counterpoints Arts is an arts organisation committed to commissioning and promoting art projects by and about migrants and refugees. They run a number of programmes and projects, including Refugee Week.
- Schools of Sanctuary are a national network of over 300 primary and secondary schools committed to creating a culture of welcome and inclusion for refugees and people seeking asylum. As well as information about how to become a School of Sanctuary, their website also provides links to a wide range of teaching resources, assemblies, refugee stories and training opportunities.
- The National Education Union has a free ‘Welcoming Refugee Children to your School’ teaching resource with information about how to create a welcoming environment and tips on how to make the curriculum more accessible.
- Watch this free webinar on ‘How to Talk to Children and Young People About War: Understanding and Supporting our Refugee Children’ in which Dr Tina Rae, Educational and Child Psychologist, and Educational Consultant, outlines practical strategies to support refugees and create a welcoming and safe space in schools.
- The Hampshire EMTAS Moodle has collated a number of useful links and resources for staff working with children and families who have come to the UK as asylum seekers or refugees.
- Download a teaching resource for EYFS pupils based on the picture book Lily and the Polar Bears from the National Literacy Trust. Available with their free membership.
- For primary aged children, CLPE, Books for Topics, the National Literacy Trust, BookTrust (younger and older readers) and Scottish BookTrust (3-5 year-olds, 9-11 year-olds) all have booklists that explore the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers.
- You can find recommended booklists for secondary school pupils from BookTrust (older readers and teenagers) and Scottish BookTrust.
- Watch author Bessora and translator Sarah Ardizzone discuss their graphic novel inspired by the refugee crisis, Alpha: Abidjan to Gare du Nord, here. (Suitable for KS3-5.)
- Find resources to support EAL students here.