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Six steps to supporting Afghan refugees arriving in your school

As refugees from Afghanistan begin to arrive in the UK, primary schools across the UK are ready to welcome the children of these families. Katy Isaac offers six steps for supporting these children and signposts to useful resources


As schools prepare for the arrival of refugees from Afghanistan, many will be considering the best approach to welcoming refugee children and their families and meeting their needs.

A statement from the charity Refugee Education UK (2021) helps articulate why this is so important: “Education is protective; it is how these children will begin to rebuild their lives and look towards their futures.”

Wellbeing will be a priority. Refugees from Afghanistan will have undoubtedly experienced trauma and have left friends and family behind, and special consideration should be given to this. Schools can provide a sense of belonging and ensuring children can experience the routines of normal school life is a significant part of this.

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