COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Charities issue help pack to teachers to integrate refugees

Many schools are unprepared for the arrival of refugee children, according to Save The Children and Salusbury World, a primary-school-based refugee charity.

The two bodies are launching a resource pack, Home From Home, which provides guidance on ways to support refugee families.

Principally aimed at schools receiving refugees for the first time, the pack includes advice on classroom activities to support bilingual pupils, class-buddy schemes, play opportunities and offers information on housing, health and immigration.

"Schools give refugee children a sense of hope and security," said Rona Blackwood, refugee programme director at Save The Children. "It is also a place where children can learn first-hand about other countries and cultures."

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