This guide provides information about ways in which you can create a refugee-friendly school, make an accessible curriculum and think about some principles of effective practice.
Many children and young people in your schools will be concerned about the images shown on television recently, highlighting the plight of refugees and particularly the effects on children caught up in the crisis.
You may want to address their questions and concerns in class but feel unsure about how to best approach it.
The Union is aware that some teachers have already prepared their own resources about refugees for use in the classroom. Some of these are listed below, along with some suggested books and a list of useful websites.
Please send any further refugee related classroom or assembly resources that you are willing to share with other teachers to: email@example.com.
Why not organise a refugee poetry competition in your school or local area? See below examples of poems from the competition run in Newham which have been made into a book. The Royal Docks Community School had so many entries for their poetry competition that they created their own anthology of poems from students across the school.
The Truths, Lies and Migrants booklets produced by the TUC in different regions include useful statistics in an easy to access format which may be useful to teachers. (NB: these are the only regions which currently have the booklets available)
We are keen to collect more accurate information on your equality characteristics so that we can profile the diversity of our membership and ensure that we are addressing the needs of our members. The information that you provide us will remain strictly confidential.
This advice and guidance on the Prevent strategy for members in England and Wales includes practical suggestions about steps that you can take in your school/college towards discussing difficult, complex or controversial issues openly and safely.
The NUT worked for two years with five primary schools to consider how ‘traditional’ gender stereotypes could be challenged in nursery and primary classrooms. The project quickly acquired the name Breaking the Mould. The five schools were provided with support and training.
This webpage provides an overview of how the different schools looked at the impact of gender stereotypes on children and considered how they could begin to unsettle some of the established assumptions about what girls and boys might like or do.
The NUT is extremely concerned by government proposals to reduce the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s budget, scale back equalities legislation and review the Public Sector Equality Duty. Below are letters from the General Secretary to Lynne Featherstone MP and Sir Trevor Phillips regarding our concerns, and a model letter for you to use.
The Union places high value upon the work of Equality Officers and recognises that priorities are often defined by local requirements. The following events, opportunities and resources may be of interest to anyone involved in equality matters.