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Asylum seekers and refugees

EMTAS offer advice and guidance for teachers of asylum-seeking and refugee children. They fall into two categories:

  • Asylum seekers – children and their families who have made an asylum application. This includes Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC), who arrive in the country with no parent/guardian.
  • Refugees – children and their families, who have been granted ‘leave to remain’

These children will more than likely come to school suffering the effects of trauma, loss, separation and change and would have experienced disrupted or no schooling. It is therefore crucial that schools work closely with other involved agencies to carefully develop an induction programme which is centred around the child and informed by the detailed background information that teachers gather about the pupil.

Schools should apply good EAL practice to ensure children are supported in their language acquisition. Equally important would be consideration given to pastoral care and sensitive curriculum planning.

Please contact the EMA Advisory Teacher in your area for support and advice.

For further information please visit:

West Sussex County Council Syrian Refugee Resettlement Scheme.

Sanctuary in Chichester.

Last updated 15 October 2020

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