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Refugee and asylum seeking pupils

Schools and early years providers play a vital role in promoting the well-being of refugee children, helping them to rebuild their self-esteem and friendships, and achieve with their learning. Teachers and early years professionals have developed considerable experience in working with refugee children and their families. They have become increasingly aware of their needs, and the necessity for professionals from different services to work closely together.

Local authorities (LAs) have a duty to provide full-time education for all children of compulsory school age resident in that LA, as outlined in Section 14 of the Education Act 1996. Asylum-seeker and refugee children aged 5-16 have the same entitlement to full-time education as other children in the UK.


Bill Bolloten
Tim Spafford

On this page you will find web pagesabout refugee and asylum seeking pupils from the archived ITTSEAL site for teacher educators new to initial teacher training. Much of this material has been substantially rewritten and incorporated into our new site but we have maintained this archive to support referencing and site users.

The PDF pages are arranged in the same structure as on the original site. Please note that embedded hyperlinks in the documents will not work and external weblinks are no longer necessarily live. If you are searching for a particular resource which you cannot find, please contact us and we will try to help.

Teaching Refugee and Asylum seeker pupils

Refugee and asylum-seeker children in UK schools
Welcome, admission and induction
Peer support
Supporting emotional needs
Teaching and learning about refugees
Play, leisure and out-of-school-hours learning
Early years provision
Unaccompanied refugee children
Supporting refugee families