Hub offers resources to support refugee education

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
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A hub to support the education of refugees has been launched by the University of Nottingham in response to the increasing number of child refugees in Europe.

The Hub for European Refugee Education (HERE) offers a range of advice and expertise for policies and practices that help to integrate refugee children into education effectively.

The hub covers early childhood, formal schooling, and non-formal education and features a curated, searchable database of academic and non-academic resources on refugee education. The resources come from across the continent and have all been published since 2015. The hub also offers government and NGO reports that can support teachers, schools, local authorities, and others.

A hub network also offers online and offline activities to exchange knowledge and develop research and practice in the field.

Schools have long worked with refugee children and their families. In particular, an influx of refugees from Afghanistan and Ukraine has been seen in the past two years. Headteacher Update has published a number of articles in conjunction with charity The Bell Foundation offering advice and tips for supporting these pupils (see below). Recent articles include:

Dr Joanna McIntyre, professor of education at the University of Nottingham and Founder of HERE, said: “Currently, children and young people can be in out of education for far too long as they wait to be allocated to a school or college. They are missing out on vital time where they could be getting accustomed to their new environment and resuming their education. The sooner they can do this, the better chances they have of contributing to the social and economic life of their new context and shaping a better world for all.”

For further details on the hub, visit

To access Headteacher Update and The Bell Foundation's best practice articles, click here.

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