Here you can find resources to help your school become a School of Sanctuary

The Basics

Schools of Sanctuary Resource Pack

Download our Schools of Sanctuary resource pack. Please contact [email protected] for a printed copy or an editable version.

Schools of Sanctuary Audit / Self assessment Tool 

–  an optional and adaptable tool for portfolio building, with thanks to Fiona Ranson, of Stockton on Tees Borough Council and Tees Valley of Sanctuary (with tweaks from Diana Dabrowska-Gorska of Wolverhampton Schools Improvement Services)

Schools of Sanctuary Evaluation Criteria

Oxfam Education: (Youth Ambassadors) Schools of Sanctuary Action Guides

Schools of Sanctuary Action Guide

Schools of Sanctuary Teacher Notes

Schools of Sanctuary Workshop Plan

 Other resources

Educational Resources from Refugee Week

An awareness  blog from Ellen Nolan with suggestions for schools on how to make child refugees welcome/

See also this article from a primary school teacher packed with examples and curriculum ideas for Refugee Week.

‘Refugee Boy’ resource pack

As part of their production of ‘Refugee Boy,’ the West Yorkshire Playhouse has put together a resource pack with information and resources for schools.

Project Paddington

A Sheffield based project engaging children to send teddy bears to refugee children – with resources.

Blue Moment” film and training notes

A 45 minute refugee film drama, Blue Moment, about a young African Muslim woman seeking asylum in the UK today . Based on real case studies, it can be followed by a discussion of any issues raised in the film (safeguarding & rape, homelessness, race relations, mental health).   We think it would be very suitable for showing to young people over 15 in schools or other settings as a focus for educational debate.

TES – Understanding Asylum and Celebrating the contribution of Refuge – A selection of the top lesson and activity ideas from TES for Refugee Week (primary and secondary).

Teaching Resources from British Red Cross and the Red Cross Positive Images Toolkit 

Teaching Resources from Amnesty International

Guardian Guide to Teaching Resources 

 Including ideas for Primary and Secondary school pupils and links to other helpful organisations.

Christian Aid – A Safe Place to Call Home

Ideas for Assemblies, classroom activities and downloadable resources for a relevant Ludo game. The game raises excellent discussion and a printed version is available free from Christian Aid – suitable for ages 9 upwards.

Operation Refugee Child Factsheet – March 2016 

This useful fact-sheet has updated information about the current refugee crisis with colour graphics, charts and pictures.

Welcoming a Refugee Visitor

Traces Project – multimedia learning activities

Traces Project is the first digital timeline to tell the untold history of arts and culture contributions by people who have sought safety in the UK from conflict and persecution.  Design and Art, Music, Visual Arts, Writing, Multi-media, Performance, Writing and Live Arts learning activities from CounterPoint Arts supported by the UNHCR.

Moving Here:  Offers free access, to an online catalogue of original material related to migration history, over the last 200 years, from local, regional and national archives, libraries and museums.

Education in a Diverse UK – educational pack for schools produced by the Migrant Help, awarded the ACT Quality Mark for Citizenship Teaching Resources

Asylum Seekers and Refugee Quiz

Zimbabwe Association Twelve Years Project Teachers Packs and Resources for Key Stages 2, 3 and 4

One World to Share – a song for Primary children for Refugee Week and beyond.  See the video here.

Singing Out! is a collection of 12 uplifting pop songs to encourage children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning (SMSC), PSHE and RE.

Review of film Ms Kiet’s Children – A documentary about migrant children nursing trauma and forging friendships under the guidance of a kindly teacher.

Play and Learn Arabic – a free resource from eduTechnoz.   Online games, which teach children Arabic in a fun way.

Family Learning in ESOL free website resources Working with adults and children together is a well established model and may be appropriate in a Schools of Sanctuary or community or home context.  For more information on what Family Learning in ESOL is and a contact for support please click here.

Refugee Awareness Talks for Schools from Social Enterprise Nola Ellen Training

‘As Free As a Bird’ musical and ‘One World to Share’ song – Resources to stage a musical about refugees or perform a relevant song.

Films for children

We Refugees by Norwich Schools of Sanctuary – A poem written and performed by Year 5 pupils at Avenue Junior School, Norwich in response to Benjamin Zephaniah’s poem We Refugees.
This is what it means to be a School of Sanctuary!

I am just like you.  A 3 minute film for 2016 Refugee Week dedicated to the many children and young people fleeing their homes in search of safety. Ideal for secondary schools.  Here are the words to the rap  I am just like you.

Animated stories from refugee children Seeking Refuge animation clips, from the BBC with a useful Teachers’ Guide.

Refugee Council’s Children’s Section – three short animations featuring child refugees sharing their stories in their own words.

Compassionate short film about welcoming refugees made by Year 4 pupils in a School of Sanctuary

Happy” celebration of achievements  at a Leeds School of Sanctuary

Short film about how the power of singing together enables children of all cultures and faiths to come together to celebrate key life affirming values.


All you need for a refugee assembly 

Books and Novels 


Have a look at this list of books and novels on refugee and asylum seeker issues (from Refugee Council Australia). Scroll down for children’s books.

Also, here are some suggestions for books to encourage young readers:
Refugee and_asylum_seeker_book_list- schools – please send us more suggestions.

 Legal Issues

Coram Children’s Legal Centre provide legal advice and deliver the Migrant Children’s Project.  See their fact sheets on Education and also their updated guide, “Seeking Support: a guide to the rights and entitlements of separated children” providing comprehensive, practical advice to professionals on how to work with unaccompanied or separated children and young people and ensure they access the support and protection they need. It includes a chapter on access to education, including further and higher education.

  Refugee Council reports

‘Beyond the School Gates: Supporting refugees and asylum-seekers in secondary school’

‘Hand in Hand: a resource pack to help meet the needs of refugees and asylum-seekers in secondary schools’

Tell it like it is: the truth about asylum – short booklet providing general information on asylum seekers and refugees

Three School Lesson plans from Manchester with PowerPoint resources – thanks to David Few