Glasgow Psychological Service

Putting Psychology into Practice

Education is the land of resilience

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The Accommodation and Services Scheme for Asylum Seekers of Athens believe that educating this population is a priority. At the workshop we attended the team shared best practice ideas they had collected from headteachers in 2016/17 to help inform educators. Here are some key findings from the research:

* Offer supported language classes. This helped children to engage and remain in school
* Build a sense of belonging to help children feel that they will be accepted and the world is an inclusive place
* Good collaboration between community organisations linked with refugees and school
* Acknowledge cultural diversity e.g. organising a multicultural feast to help share cultural information
* The children who have already successfully integrated acting as good role models for new children
* Focus on building resilience
* Classroom activities are structured inclusively

This was helpful to hear these ideas and I am sure there are great examples to collect in Glasgow.  A job for when we get back!

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