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Teacher Packs

  • Lessons of Hope- Classroom resource pack available to purchase (income used to support refugees in Yorkshire). My Bright Kite

  • Platforma- Get inspired by examples of art projects

  • 36,000 Humans- Activity ideas from a campaign group. Action for Refugees

  •  Visit City of Sanctuary Arts pages for links to artists and art works around refugees 

  • Traces Project- The first digital timeline to tell the untold history of arts and cultural contributions by people who have sought safety in the UK. CounterPoint Arts, supported by UNHCR.

  • Two Billion Miles– Interactive video, sharing stories of refugee and migrant journeys with teaching resources. Channel 4 News

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

  • NaTaKallam (‘we speak’) is an award-winning, woman-founded social enterprise delivering cultural exchange services by vetted and highly-skilled refugees and displaced persons worldwide. For more information contact: [email protected]

  • Kazzum Arts Migration Pack – Differentiated teaching packs and associated resources aimed at primary and secondary levels.
  • The Walk: Education and Activity Pack – A pack full of teaching and learning activities divided by age-range and theme to accompany the Little Amal’s walk across Europe in 2021.  
  • Lost Wor(l)ds – A collection of varied activities for embracing multilingualism in the classroom across different subjects. 
  • The Belonging Toolkit – co-produced with Coram Life Education and Coram’s Young Citizens (funded as part of the HALO programme by The Queen’s Trust) — gives invaluable insight into the issues facing migrant children and young people today. It is free to download and includes lesson plans, teachers’ guidance, films and activities for KS2 and KS3, all clearly linked to Learning Opportunities in the PSHE Association programme of Study.
  • Football Welcomes- Refugee rights and the contribution of people from refugee backgrounds to the UK. Age 7-14, Amnesty International

  • A Time to Flee- explores a family wrestling with this question, Amnesty International

  • Article discussing ways to tackle the refugee crisis. British Council

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


  • Country research BBC

  • OCR’s Geography GCSE about geographical themes covers various aspects of migration


English & Drama

  • School of Sanctuary Resources: A selection of free resources on TES website   including 4 lessons, board games, role plays, documentaries, collated from City of Sanctuary, Amnesty International, Oxfam and online reports.
  • Afghanistan by Choice is a set of activities analysing the film-making process. Pullitzer Center

  • Blue Moment is a 45-minute play available to stream devised with the Refugee Therapy Centre in London, in consultation with Refugee Action in York and Solace in Leeds. Suitable for a discussion of issues raised in the film, including safeguarding, rape, homelessness, race relations, and mental health. Age 15+

A full list of books can be found here

  • Alpha- Teacher’s notes on this graphic novel. Amnesty International (14+)

  • Resource pack about the play of the book, West Yorkshire Playhouse

  • 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.

  • NaTakallam  (‘We speak’ in Arabic) is a social enterprise that provides income to refugees and displaced people through opportunities in the language sector (language lessons, cultural exchange and translation services). While originally born to support Syrians teaching Arabic, NaTakallam‘s language sessions are now also offered in French (with refugees from the DRC, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire), Persian (with Iranians + Afghans) and Spanish (with Venezuelans + Central Americans). Their schools’ programme includes scholarships for classrooms the UK and US who want to practice Arabic or host a cultural exchange session about the Middle East. You can watch a quick two-minute video about our summer partnership with Teens of Color Abroad, a fully virtual two-week program for high school students of colour across the US. Students from California to Kentucky to Pennsylvania have met Conversation Partners from Syria, Iraq, Venezuela and more, creating lasting connections and combating stereotypes in the process. Interested schools can sign up here.

All ages mentioned are suggestions. Judgement on age suitability is of course best left to teachers and schools.