Many schools are interested in inviting a person with lived experience of seeking sanctuary to come to their school and speak to staff and students about their experiences. Whilst we think this can be a very powerful learning opportunity, we also urge schools to consider how they can make this visit a positive experience for the person/people who come to speak.
It is also worth remembering that for various reasons it is not always possible for such visits to be arranged but this does not mean your students and staff can’t hear directly from people seeking sanctuary. We have collated a wide range of videos and resources that share the variety of experiences of people seeking sanctuary on our Refugee Stories page.
To support schools in their efforts to make visits from people with lived experience positive and constructive and to ensure learning both reflects the diversity of people and experiences and is people-centered, City of Sanctuary UK has developed guidance for institutions, including schools, that wish to invite a person with lived experience of seeking sanctuary to their school to speak. This guidance has been developed in consultation with the CoS UK Sanctuary Ambassadors whom we thank for their time and suggestions.