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To fulfill criterion 1 (training and education opportunities are provided for school staff and management on refugee, asylum and forced migration issues), schools must show:

a) how staff have been able to develop their own awareness of refugee, asylum & migration issues generally and;

b) how staff have been given opportunities to develop their professional expertise in meeting the needs of students from sanctuary seeking backgrounds.

The suggestions outlined below are not definitive and it is not necessary for schools to complete every suggested training in order to be recognised. Instead, consider which themes/ topics are most relevant for which members of staff and in which areas it is most necessary for the staff in your school to develop.

A) Learning about refugee and asylum issues

  • Contact your local refugee support organisation to see if they can visit your school to explain to staff about the work they do & the challenges the people they work with experience
  • Reflect on what areas your staff need to develop their understanding: facts, figures and terminology; rights and entitlements of people seeking sanctuary in the UK; your local migration contexts; recent changes in UK immigration policy and how this will affect sanctuary seeking families; the diversity of sanctuary seeking experiences. Assign a member of staff to research and present in weekly/ monthly/ half-termly staff meetings and/or share an update in staff communications.

B) CPD Trainings/ Resources to Develop Professional Expertise 

General Trainings/ Information

  • Your Local Education Authority – Many LEAs offer free or subsidised trainings around relevant themes, we encourage you getting in touch with them to find out what they can offer.
  • Government (England) guidance on handling applications from overseas children
  • Scottish government policy on refugees and asylum seekers, including a section on education.
  • Welsh government policy on refugees and asylum seekers, including a section on education. 

Supporting Students Seeking Sanctuary in School

Training and Courses

Resources and Research

Teaching about Refugees/ Migration

  • UNHCR – Teaching about Refugees
  • Migration Museum – Training and supporting resources to help you teach about migration and identify opportunities to do so within the (English) curriculum.


  • Bell Foundation – A wide range of relevant training opportunities, including free webinars and supporting resources.
  • NALDIC – The National Subject Association for EAL hosts annual conferences, in addition to regional and thematic interest group meetings, and publishes termly journals aimed at developing expertise of supporting learners with EAL in school.

Antiracism / Combatting hate

  • NEU – Antiracist charter: a helpful guide and framework to drive school self-reflection and learning & then take action.
  • Hope Not Hate – Training on a number of topics related to combatting hate, including how to deliver lessons on these themes in schools, unconscious bias & spotting hate. Workshops also available for students.

Mental Health/ Wellbeing