You can find facts and figures on our Facts and Figures page.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions of useful resources to add by emailing [email protected]

We are in the process of updating our resource pack and would love to hear suggestions for how it could be improved. Please email [email protected]

Disclaimer: The information provided in this section is intended for guidance only. It is not a substitute for professional advice and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss occasioned as a result of any person acting or refraining from acting upon it.

Schools of Sanctuary Resource Pack

For a hard copy of the resource pack or an editable version, please email [email protected]

Schools of Sanctuary Northern Ireland Resource Pack

A version of the resource pack created by the Education Authority Northern Ireland 

Schools of Sanctuary Resources

The School of Sanctuary Award

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 (a printable / editable version of the evaluation found in the pack)

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

Schools of Sanctuary Action Guide

Schools of Sanctuary Teacher Notes

Schools of Sanctuary Workshop Plan

Schools of Sanctuary in Action

There are examples of things Schools of Sanctuary have done throughout the resource pack. 

You can also visit our Home page to see news of new Schools of Sanctuary being awarded and the Schools of Sanctuary in Action page for some examples of what schools have been up to.

Supporting children seeking sanctuary

Supporting children seeking sanctuary

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

Another blog from Nola Ellen on empowering young refugee students. 

Information from the Bell Foundation, including on the rights and entitlements of refugees and steps schools can take to be welcoming

‘Beyond the School Gates': - A report from Refugee Council on supporting refugees and asylum-seekers in secondary school (2008)

‘Hand in Hand': a resource pack from Refugee Council to help meet the needs of refugees and asylum-seekers in secondary schools (2008)

'Working with refugee children' - a resource from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Foundation (2003)

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.

Information about Children Seeking Sanctuary and Education

An article from the Guardian considering the differences in the ways unaccompanied minors are treated in the education systems in the UK and Sweden (Feb 2018)

'The Education of Asylum-seeker and Refugee Children' - A study from the University of Cambridge on LEA and school values, policies and practices (2005)

Inviting a refugee speaker into school

Inviting a refugee speaker into your school can be a very powerful way to learn about refugee issues. You can contact your local City of Sanctuary group to ask whether they could help you arrange this. 

Our page on Awareness raising for groups has some guidance about supporting refugee speakers and some resources to help prepare a talk. 


Welcoming a Refugee Visitor (a resource from the Employability Forum and London Councils 2011)

Refugee Awareness Talks for Schools from Social Enterprise Nola Ellen Training

Teaching Resources

There are lots more resources on Art, Books, Films, Plays and Songs on our Art Stream site.

Teaching Resources

Refugee Week

Educational Resources from the Refugee Week website

Raising awareness in Refugee Week - A selection of the top lesson and activity ideas from TES for Refugee Week (primary and secondary).

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

Teaching Resources on Refugees

Guardian Guide to Teaching Resources - including ideas for Primary and Secondary school pupils and links to other helpful organisations.

An article from the Big Issue about using Paddington as part of a lesson plan on refugees - with a link to the lesson plan

All you need for a refugee assembly (resource created by Reading International Solidarity Centre)

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

Teaching Resources from Amnesty International

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 (Mar 2016) - This useful fact-sheet has updated information about the current refugee crisis with colour graphics, charts and pictures.

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.

Asylum Seekers and Refugee Quiz from Refugee Week

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

Teaching Resources on Migration and Diversity

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

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

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

Other Teaching Resources

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.

Projects and Organisations

Contact your local City of Sanctuary group to learn about any local refugee organisations that you could get involved with eg. collecting food for a destitution charity, creating welcome postcards to give to a resettlement project or charity working with new arrivals or holding a fundraising event. 

Refugee Week

Project Paddington : A Sheffield based project engaging children to send teddy bears to refugee children - with resources.

Contact your local Development Education Centre for resources, workshops and training on a range of topics including climate change, fair trade and human rights


9780750299855‘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.

An article from the Big Issue about using Paddington as part of a lesson plan on refugees - with a link to the lesson plan

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.

A downloadable book list to encourage younger readers- please send us more suggestions.

Films and Documentaries

"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.

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

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 (not all of these animations are suitable for younger 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.

Songs and Music

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.

'As Free As a Bird' musical and 'One World to Share' song - Resources to stage a musical about refugees or perform a relevant song.

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.