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Course Overview

On this course, you’ll hear from experienced teachers on the challenges of refugee education.

They’ll share experiences of what they’ve learned and strategies they’ve used when teaching migrant learners both in countries affected by conflict and in host countries.

Whether you’re a language teacher, a teacher of another subject, or a volunteer working in migrant and refugee education, you’ll find ideas and strategies that you can use to better understand your learners.

You’ll also learn how to build inclusive classrooms and develop your learners’ confidence, taking into account the languages they know and their cultures.

·         Week 1

Conflict in context: local responses to global migrations

Mobility, movement and motivation

Consider what it means to be a refugee or migrant learning in a new cultural context. Explore inclusion, integration and discrimination and how you can help learners overcome the challenges faced after migration or conflict

Dealing with displacement and discrimination

Consider different types of displacement, and reflect on how learners cope with discrimination in their new host countries and how you can reduce the impact of negative stereotypes

Language and integration

Think about the many different ways we use language in schools and communities. Consider how our learning changes throughout our lifetime, and the importance of valuing different language abilities (in school and out of school)


Watch one of the educators giving a summary of this week and reflect on what you’ve learnt

·         Week 2

Planning, managing and designing activities

Education systems

Consider the different systems and programmes that we find in conflict, post-conflict and re-settlement settings across the world and how teachers create and adapt materials in these settings

Mixed ability classes and social inclusion

How to provide supportive as well as challenging activities for learners of different levels and educational backgrounds, to create a more inclusive learning environment

Lifelong learning and collaborative learning

Think about how learning happens at different stages of our lives and often in collaboration with others. Consider the importance, particularly for newcomers, of working with others through shared talk and problem-solving


Watch the Facebook Live discussion from this week and reflect on what you’ve learnt

·         Week 3

Primary and secondary school students

The skills of a good learner in the primary classroom

Consider the skills required to be a good learner in a primary school classroom and why children who have experienced trauma, displacement and conflict might not develop them

Understanding the effects on the brain

Learn about the developments in neuroscience on the working of the brain and how these explain the effects of trauma on learning and behaviour in class

Planning to teach learners social and emotional skills

Consider how you can plan your teaching to support learners who have not developed the skills needed to settle to learn

Understanding secondary learners

Consider the challenges of transitions, changes and outside pressures on secondary age learners and strategies for addressing their challenging behaviour


Watch one of the educators summarising some of the main talking points from this week and reflect on this week’s learning

·         Week 4

Protective factors for teachers and learners

Practising self-care and managing teacher wellbeing

Consider the concept of well-being and why it is important for teachers

Creating supportive classrooms for learners who have experienced trauma

Consider the concept of the classroom as a protective factor in supporting learners who have experienced trauma

Developing peer support and networking

Consider how to expand your professional support network and share useful websites for teaching


Watch the educators saying their goodbyes and reflect on learning from this week and the course as a whole

The course will be useful for anyone working with migrants and refugees in an educational context.

This can range from those teaching English to refugees to teachers in schools looking to promote inclusive education.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Describe the causes, patterns and impact of migration on teaching and learning
  • Develop a profile of your learners and consider strategies to engage and include them

Apply a set of practical tools and techniques in the classroom environment to better cope with the impact of trauma on teachers and learners