Resources to support children and young people arriving from Ukraine

This information is provided for reference only, to help schools and colleges. The contained resources are not endorsed, promoted, endorsed, or associated with the Department of Education in any legally binding manner.

Explain the education system

Refugee Education UK has published a welcome booklet to provide parents and guardians with information about the education system in England so they can help their children or young people access and prepare for school or college. The first part of this brochure is aimed at parents. The rest of the booklet is for children – to welcome them and tell them what school is like in England. We encourage parents to read these sections with their children. There are also some pictures to color in

For more information and support for young people arriving from Ukraine see Education Welcome Project – Information for students from Ukraine.

For resources for further education students, see Refugee Education UK.

The Bell Foundation has translated materials explaining the education system and also created a range of resources to welcome refugee learners.

Learning English as an additional language

A number of English language learning options and resources are available to children, teens and adults arriving from Ukraine.

English language learning resources include:

Other resources to support international arrivals at UK schools and colleges include:

Ukrainians aged 19 and over can access adult education, including English for Speakers of Other Languages ​​(ESOL), by contacting their local authority or college of further education directly, who can confirm what courses are available and when.

support well-being

use creativity

To help young people think about war and conflict in all its forms, the charity Never Such Innocence offers 1.5 to 2 hour writing workshops for schools and other education providers. Poetry, speech and songwriting workshops are available subject to availability. To request a workshop, email enquiries@neversuchinnocence.com

Young people can submit their artworks, poems, speeches, music and songs that express their feelings, fears and hopes.

support pianists

The Pianoman charity is offering a range of grants to young Ukrainians fleeing the war so they can continue playing the piano in the UK. It offers free piano lessons with world-class concert pianists, travel expenses (within the UK) and other support. Applicants must be between the ages of 11 and 17 and have achieved a language level of grade 5 or higher.

Encouraging reading

Badger Learning publishes six eBooks in a bilingual format, with English and Ukrainian text side-by-side and a glossary of commonly used words on the back cover. All books are suitable for children in key levels 2 and 3. Badger Learning offers these as free resources for schools to support the learning and integration of Ukrainian refugee children in the UK. The books are available as a free download for use at school or to print out and give to children to read at home.

ILT offers a multilingual digital book service for young children, Polylino. All books are available free of charge for Ukrainian families coming to the UK, including books that can be listened to in Ukrainian. (Some assistance with “username” and “password” login may be required)

Mental Health Support

Teachers are not mental health professionals and Ukrainian children and young people and their families may need ongoing support from specialist NHS and community services. Our Mental Health and Behavior Guidelines advise how educational staff can identify children and young people who need additional mental health support.

We encourage you to contact and work with external agencies. We have published a guide directing you to outside sources of mental health and wellbeing support for teachers, school staff and school leaders to help you support children and young people who may need additional mental health support.

Psychological First Aid e-learning training courses are available for parents, carers, frontline workers and volunteers supporting children and young people in emergency or crisis situations.

Barnardos offers help to people fleeing the Ukraine conflict or to children, youth and families affected by migration due to other conflicts. Therapy, counseling and practical support are available by phone or online in other languages.

Senior Mental Health Lead Training Scholarships for Schools and Colleges equip Senior Mental Health Leads with the knowledge and skills to implement effective processes for identifying students or specific groups who need additional mental health support.

Resources to support refugees

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has a Healing Classrooms training program for educators that helps teachers foster social-emotional learning and academic literacy while addressing the demands of the new classroom in the digital age. The training is delivered by IRC education specialists with extensive experience in the English education system and working with refugees in the UK and abroad. Training is delivered online to schools and teachers across the UK and in person in the South East of England.

The Inclusion Children Affected by Migration (ICAM) program has developed guidelines, resource packs and coaching workshops for primary and secondary schools across Europe to help them welcome and include Ukrainian children and start making the of to remedy the social and emotional disorders they have suffered. The ICAM program works through the professional development of school leaders, who then help their school staff restore learning relationships.

Save the Children has tips on how to talk to children about war.

The Red Cross has created a resource for teachers to help young people explore the impact of conflict and crisis on people and discuss our common human values.

Widget has created a Translated Refugee Support Pack that includes a set of translated and icon-based communication charts and other useful resources that can be used by people of all ages to help refugees convey information, health, and urgent needs and requirements.

Avoid misinformation

We have provided information on how to deal with misinformation on our education blog, help for teachers and families to talk to students about the Russian invasion of Ukraine

For more information on how to spot fake posts from Ukraine, visit the BBC News website.

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