Classroom Resources

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British Red Cross Refugee Week 2016 – Welcome

A resource designed to help young people gain a better understanding of the humanitarian impact of the refugee crisis. Activities build learners’ empathy for the real people affected by the crisis and encourage young people to consider the difference a welcome could make to someone seeking asylum and refuge.


Traces Project: Refugee artists in the UK

The Traces Project is the first digital timeline to tell the untold history of arts and culture contributions by people who have sought safety in the UK from conflict and persecution. The website features 14 unique learning activities for Key Stages 1-4 which encourage young people to explore issues of refugeehood, displacement, home and identity in creative ways. Click here to browse and download the activities.


TES – Raising awareness in refugee week.

TES recognises how important it is to encourage school pupils to think carefully about the issues affecting refugees and consider the ways that they can contribute to their host communities. Below are a selection of top lesson and activity ideas available to download:

Whole-school resources:

Refugee week by Into Film

Refugee Week posters by Felt

Primary resources:

Refugee Assembly resource by ChristianAid

Children in Conflict lesson: Syria by ActionAidSchools Team

Secondary resources:

South Sedan: The Unseen Emergency by Oxfam:


British Red Cross Traces resource

New for 2015, the British Red Cross has created a resource for 14-19 year olds which uses the work of five artists from the Traces Project to enable young people to learn more about refugees’ experiences, whilst celebrating their contribution to arts and culture in the UK. The resource is one of several learning activities about refugees and migration by the British Red Cross – click here to browse.


Schools of Sanctuary

Find resource packs, lesson plans, links to films, assembly kits and more from the City of Sanctuary network here


One Refugees Support Scotland

Download: Scottish Refugee Festival – EducationalAwareness


Oxfam and Schools of Sanctuary: Giving a Warm Welcome

This resource enables learners to think about why refugees leave their homes, what challenges they face, how welcoming the UK is to those seeking asylum and our fundamental human rights. Students can then turn their attention to their own school and the welcome it provides. The aim of the resource is to encourage young people to initiate their school becoming a School of SanctuaryClick here for the resource, which includes a Powerpoint presentation, handout and notes for teachers and young people.

The resource is one of several learning activities by Oxfam available – click here to find more teaching resource ideas.


Amnesty International – Speaker Tool Kit: Refugee Rights

This resource contains session plans and activity ideas aimed at supporting students when it comes to understanding what refugee means, to reflect and emphasise with the experience of refugees and to recognise how they can act in solidarity with refugees. Resources available for Key Stage 2 and 3.

Based on the recommendations of Amnesty Internationals global human rights education network 8 educational resources that explain the right of refugees have been compiled and can be found here.

To search for more Amnesty International resources click here.


The UN Refugee Agency Data website

This data portal is an interactive on-line resource containing maps, data and a whole range of links and articles on refugee emergencies around the world.


Young Roots

A complete Key Stage 3 lesson plan exploring the facts about refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and celebrating their contributions. Click here to download the presentation and here for the accompanying case studies about the real lives of young people who are refugees. Resource created by Young Roots for Refugee Week 2015 – why not also show the four-minute film made by their young people about the positive difference refugees have made to their lives?


Refugee Week film resource

Into Film collaborated with Refugee Council to produce a new resource for Refugee Week 2015, which uses films to encourage discussion and celebration of the contributions made by refugees. This resource contains a guide to five films that help bring the stories and struggles of refugees to life and includes discussion questions and activity ideas to encourage learners to ask and answer questions on why people seek sanctuary in other countries.


Simple Acts

For 2016, there are 5 Simple Acts of welcome:

Other Simple Acts resources

Refugee Week Simple Acts History and Heritage Quiz

Refugee Week and Simple Acts History and Heritage Teaching Resource 01

Refugee Week and Simple Acts History and Heritage Teaching Resource 02

Refugee Week and Simple Acts History and Heritage Teaching Resource 03

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ActionAid Resources

Click here for resources for KS1 and KS2 classes. Have a look here at how these resources have been used by schools. Click here for resources for KS3 classes.

ActionAid have released a new resource for you to use:

Combine two of the biggest stories of 2016: The Olympics and the refugee crisis. Introduce your class to the first refugee Olympic team with activities, worksheets and videos about the men and women chosen to represent refugees around the world.


This next section suggests some brilliant additional classroom resources produced by our partners and other contributors. They are listed as follows:

  1. Classroom resources for Primary Schools
  2. Classroom resources for Secondary Schools

1. Classroom resources for Primary Schools

KS = Key Stage

KS1= 5-7 yrs old

KS2 = 7-11yrs old

KS 3 = 11-14yrs old

Refugees: A Resource Book for Primary Schools

A popular resource book for 5 – 11 year olds containing activities, personal testimonies and background information.Invaluable for teachers wishing to cover refugee issues as part of Citizenship, English, History, Geography, Religious Education and other subjects.Comes with a Journey to Safety game.


ISBN 0 946787 77 8

Published by the Refugee Council (1998)

Price: £4.50

Kosovan Journeys: Refugee children tell their stories

Two refugee children tell their stories in this colourful A3 book for Literacy Hour reading and activities.

KS2/ KS3

ISBN: 0 946787 43 3

Published by the Refugee Council (2001)

Price: £6.00

Why Do They Have to Fight? – Refugee Children’s Stories from Bosnia, Kurdistan, Sri Lanka and Somalia

A source book of refugee children’s stories and paintings, for Key Stage 2 and 3 Citizenship Studies. Contains basic facts and figures about refugees, a short dictionary of key words and phrases, and a resource list.

KS2/ KS3

ISBN: 0 946787 18 2

Published by the Refugee Council (1998)

Price: £4.50

A Long Way From Home: young refugees in Manchester write about their lives

Young refugees in Manchester give accounts of their lives and their experiences as refugees.The book contains stories of fear, anxiety and destruction as well as of relief and happiness.To order a copyemail: or tel: 0161 275 2920.

KS2/ KS3

ISBN: 0-9542874-0-1

Published by Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Archive and Save the Children (2002)

Price: £2.50

A Time for Rights: Activities for citizenship and PSHE for 9-13 year olds

This teaching pack explores citizenship and rights in relation to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Through role play, cartoons, stories, poems and a wide variety of activities, A Time for Rights looks at what rights mean to an individual child, in the family and in the community.


ISBN: 1 871440 24 6

Published by Save the Children (2002)

Come Unity: Somali Women’s Training and Development Organisation

Researched and written by Theo Bryer

An educational activity pack for use with key stage 2 and 3. The pack includes hourly lesson plans and a video illustrating the history and success of the Somali Women’s Training and Development Organisation.



Start with a Difference. Promoting Race Equality in Early Years. A Jewish Perspective.

Julie Taylor

This publication provides practical ways of introducing race equality at the Foundation Stage. Although primarily aimed at Jewish nurseries and schools and written from a Jewish perspective, this publication also has a far wider appeal. The book highlights the need for early years practitioners to prepare all children for life in today’s multicultural and multi-faith society. Combining anti-discriminatory and multicultural approach, this publication will help children to begin to understand and appreciate their diverse society.

Email: John Schlackman on , or call 020 8455 0896

Publisher: The Jewish Council for Racial Equality. Registered Charity Number: 281236

ISBN 13: 978-0-9552745-0-3

ISBN 10: 0-9552745-0-8

Price: £15

Lets Make a Difference. Teaching Anti-racism in Primary Schools. A Jewish Perspective.

Description: This excellent resource can help tackle the difficult topic of racism, using insights of Jewish teaching and experience. This publication examines ways of combating stereotyping and racism and will help educate young people about immigration, asylum seekers and refugees.

Email: John Schlackman on , or call 020 8455 0896

Dr. Edie Friedman, Hazel Woolfson, Sheila Freedman and Shirley Murgraff

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality

Price: £15

Far From Home

An assembly from Ten:Ten Resources that helps children to understand the reasons some people seek refuge and how we might be able to welcome these people and show them support through simple acts. (free registration required)

2. Classroom resources for Secondary Schools

KS = Key Stage

KS 2 = 7-11yrs old

KS 3 = 11-14yrs old

KS 4 = 14-16 yrs old

KS 5 = 16-18 yr olds

A Refugee Like Me

Free resource from the Wonder Foundation. KS3 Lesson Plan.
Learning objectives:
– To understand what a refugee is
– To step into the shoes of a refugee and see what it would be like
To support this lesson there are:
-PowerPoint presentation.

We Left Because We Had to (3rd Edition)

Comprehensive and authoritative, the third edition of this best-selling book has been completely re-written for the Citizenship curriculum. Jill Rutter sensitively addresses the difficult issue of asylum seekers and refugees. The book is full of ideas and activities that have been tried and tested in the classroom. Each chapter contains photographs, drawings, maps and games to bring the subject alive to students. This bestselling text for 14-18 year olds compliments the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 and 4 Citizenship and History courses, Key Stage 5 Citizenship and General Studies and non-statutory Religious Education. It contains photographs, drawings, maps and games to bring the subject alive in the classroom

KS3 / KS4 / KS5

ISBN 0 946787 59 X

Published by Refugee Council

Price: £19.95

A Fight to Belong

Published by Save the Children (2000)

This story book and teachers’ pack explores the issue of deportation from a child’s perspective.A Fight to Belong tells the powerful and moving story of the well-publicised Okolo family anti-deportation campaign in the UK. Through the eyes of 8-year-old Anwuli, one of the two children involved, we hear how friends, teachers and parents wrote letters, signed petitions, sang and marched in support of the family. The accompanying teacher’s pack provides Key Stage 2 and 3 National Curriculum links to Citizenship, Equal Opportunities, Personal/Moral/Social Education and extended writing for literacy.


Global Link

Global Link has two major projects which help people empathise with the plight of refugees and asylum-seekers.

Escape to Safety: a multi-media multi-sensory, interactive artistic exhibition within a 40 foot trailer which takes participants on a journey through different rooms that represent stages on a refugees’ journey to seek asylum in the UK.

Fortress Europe: an installation where participant walks through a ‘labyrinth’ of eight stations as if they were a refugee seeking asylum in Britain. On a walkman they are accompanied by refugee voices interacting with border-guards, immigration officials and tabloid media.

Teaching resources are available to support work with both exhibitions.

CDR HomeBeats: Struggles for Racial Justice

HomeBeats is a multimedia journey through time, from Africa, the Caribbean and Asia, to the making of modern Britain. The first CDROM on racism and the black presence in Britain, it fuses music, graphics, video, text and animation into a stunning voyage of personal and historical discovery for every user.

KS3/ KS4

Published by the Institute of Race Relations (1998)

Positive Press: Working with the media to challenge racism and discrimination

Through the Positive Press project, 75 children and young people were able to speak out about issues that affect them. They worked together, using communications and the media to challenge discrimination and reduce community tension

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Making a Difference. Promoting Race Equality in Secondary Schools, Youth Groups and Adult Education – a Jewish Perspective.

It examines both the Jewish experiences of racism as well as that of the Black and Asian communities. This publication examines the position of asylum seekers and refugees today and considers what can be done on a practical level to combat racism and develop a just and multi-ethnic society.

Price: £15

Dr. Edie Friedman, The Jewish Council for Racial Equality

Email: John Schlackman on, or call 020 8455 0896

Come Unity: Somali Womens’ Training and Development Organisation

Researched and written by Theo Bryer

An educational activity pack for use with key stage 2 and 3. The pack includes hourly lesson plans and a video illustrating the history and success of the Somali Women’s Training and Development Organisation.

KS2/ KS3