The NUT (England and Wales) has produced a Guide for schools entitled ‘Welcoming Refugee Children to Your School’.  It can be downloaded from the NUT website or printed copies are available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Guide advocates a whole school community approach which includes students and parents as well as teachers.  It focuses on treating all children with a ‘can do’ approach, building the child’s sense of identity and self-esteem rather than looking at what a child cannot do. 

The key principles of effective practice for teachers new to teaching refugee children set out in the guide are:

  • A ‘can do’ approach focussed on children’s strengths;
  • Getting communication with parents right;
  • Active steps to counter prejudice about refugees;
  • The host children are central to creating refugee-friendly schools;
  • Understand the impact of trauma, separation, bereavement or post-traumatic stress;
  • Celebrate the contribution made to your school community by new arrivals; and
  • Take a child-centred approach.