ITT and EAL: Language for Learning (Webinar)
- 19 January 2022
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Experts in the field will offer practical advice to schools about welcoming refugee children and supporting newly arrived learners who are refugees.
As more Afghan families are moved out of temporary accommodation and into longer term housing, schools continue to welcome new arrivals. This webinar will provide schools and practitioners with useful information, as well as practical guidance to help ensure a smooth induction period for learners and their families. The content will be of interest to schools welcoming families from Hong Kong and other countries, as well as those from Afghanistan.
Megan Greenwood will discuss how the Schools of Sanctuary model might be used as a vehicle to enable school development around welcome and inclusion. Megan will reflect on how raising awareness of issues relating to migration and seeking sanctuary amongst the whole school community can help to combat misunderstanding and misinformation, and instead promote compassion and welcome.
Catherine Gladwell will focus in particular on welcoming children from Afghanistan. She will consider some of the potential barriers to their progress in schools and will provide practical approaches that schools can follow to overcome these challenges.
Jane Daffe will share some key learnings from setting up NEST – the Nottingham Education Sanctuary Team, a specialist full-time educational provision for asylum seeking and refugee young people aged 15-18. Jane will consider how the NEST ethos is built on the three fundamental elements identified in the work of Professor Ravi Kohli (University of Bedfordshire); safety, belonging and success.
Megan Greenwood is Schools of Sanctuary Support Officer at City of Sanctuary UK, a charity which seeks to help communities, such as schools, become welcoming and safe places for those seeking refuge from violence and persecution. Megan has previously worked in both the formal and informal education sectors in the UK and abroad. She has an Erasmus Mundus joint master degree in education policies for global development in which she focused on refugee and migrant education.
Catherine Gladwell is the Founder and Chief Executive of Refugee Education UK - a charity helping refugee and asylum-seeking children and young people get into and thrive in education - from primary school to university. She is also a founding director and board member at Jigsaw Consult, a social enterprise building evidence on education, forced migration and technology through research. Catherine has led large-scale multi-national practical interventions and research programmes and worked in sixteen different countries. Before working for Refugee Education UK and Jigsaw Consult, Catherine worked in education in emergencies at Save the Children UK, and as a teacher. She has a degree from Oxford University, a Master's in Education from University College London, and is an honorary fellow at Winchester University.
Jane Daffe is an independent education consultant and the Manager at NEST - Nottingham Education Sanctuary Team. Until 2018, Jane was the Senior Achievement Consultant in Nottingham City Local Authority's IDEAL service - Identity, Diversity and EAL - providing training, advice and support to City schools; her specialisms include Black Achievement, Race and Equalities, Diversity in the Curriculum, EAL and Refugee Education.
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