Last Updated: Thursday, May 12, 2022

Education resources to support work with refugee and migrant children and families

What is this?

This page signposts to content that provides appropriate information, advice and support around teaching about or with refugee and migrant children, young people and families.

Who is this for?

Practitioners who are who are developing learning opportunities around, or who are directly involved with, refugee or migrant families.


By the end of 2020 over 82 million people globally were displaced from their homes. Over 26 million were refugees and half of these were children and young people under the age of 18. War in Ukraine has added significantly to these numbers. (Source: UNHCR United Nations Refugee Agency).

Content within the following links can be used by practitioners to:

  • design learning opportunities to raise awareness and develop learner understanding of the issues around the refugee experience and the causes and impacts of large scale migration
  • develop learning experiences for refugee and migrant children and young people
  • signpost refugee and migrant families to appropriate advice and support

We will work to update this resource with further materials as they become available.

Raising awareness amongst learners

Supporting refugees - Wakelet
A wakelet from the Education Scotland Inclusion Equalities and Wellbeing team that includes resources and practice exemplars.

Teaching about Refugees
A collection of UNHCR teaching materials on refugees, asylum and migration for primary and secondary education, as well as some guidance for teachers working with refugee children in the classroom.

In Search of Safety: Teaching About Europe’s Refugee Crisis
A teaching resource from UNICEF (UK) that allows educators to explore the refugee and migrant crisis with children and young people at school.

Education resources on refugee and asylum issues
A themed collection of resources from Amnesty International, designed to support practitioners and educators.

British Red Cross: Refugees and migration
‘Help young people challenge assumptions about migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and to develop mutual respect, empathy and understanding.’

Working with refugee children

South Ayrshire Primary Padlet (password EAL2021)
A Padlet from South Ayrshire EAL that includes specific language resources, activity ideas and strategies, as well as IDL ideas.

Learning in 2+ languages
Learning in 2+ Languages is a resource from Education Scotland. It aims to help practitioners who are working with bilingual learners. It identifies good practice in supporting young people, whose first language is not English, to access the curriculum.

Refugee and Migrant Welcome Packs
‘The EIS has produced a suite of educational packs to welcome young people from migrant and refugee families into Scottish schools. The Welcome Packs are specific to three age ranges (P1-P4, P5-S3 and S4-S6), and are designed to inform young people and their parents of their rights as pupils/students in Scottish education and to convey a positive, welcoming message to the young people about Scotland as their new home.’

Support to refugee and migrant families

Our new information line for Afghans resettled in Scotland - Scottish Refugee Council
The Scottish Refugee Council information line for Afghans resettled in Scotland. The line provides advice for newly arrived Afghans and will operate for one year from April 2022.

School education in Scotland
A guide to school education for refugees, published by Education Scotland.

Hong Kong BN(O) Welcome Hub
The Welcome Hub is an online resource intended for those arriving in Scotland from Hong Kong.

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Our new online help sessions for people affected by the Ukraine conflict - Scottish Refugee Council
The sessions are run by experienced advisers from the Scottish Refugee Council, and ‘will give people an introduction to their rights and information on how to access essential services in Scotland such as housing and health.’

Beginner’s English for Ukrainian Families

  • Delivered by e-Sgoil as part of the National eLearning Offer
  • For Ukrainian families looking to improve their conversational English
  • Every week, 6 to 7 pm, beginning Thursday 12th May

Email for a link to access this free training.