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 template 

–  an optional and adaptable tool for portfolio building, with thanks to Fiona Ranson, of Stockton on Tees Borough Council and Tees Valley of Sanctuary.

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

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 Refugees

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.

Operation Refugee Child Factsheet – March 2016

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

Welcoming a Refugee Visitor’ resource pack

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

Asylum Facts 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.

Films for children

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.

 Assemblies

All you need for a refugee assembly (£1.50)

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.9780750299855

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

Primary school age

Mai Ya’s long journey

COHEN, Sheila

Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2005  

The-Silence-Seeker-Morley-Ben

The silence seeker

MORLEY, Ben

Tamarind

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