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Supporting and educating refugee and migrant students within inclusive and welcoming schools

Our Expert Speaker Programme offers valuable CPD for education professionals on a variety of topics

When is it?

Thursday 12 January 2023, 4:00 – 5:00pm

We live in a world where some 103 million people have been forced to flee their homes and are now living in internal or external displacement (UNHCR 2022). Bringing together three experts in the field of education, psychology, and refugee studies, this expert talk addresses the difference schools can make to the lives of children who have been uprooted from their homes. The talk will draw on the voices of refugees, and good school practices from across Europe and beyond, along with the experiences and insights of teachers. The session will advance critical insights into the education of refugee children and, crucially, demonstrate why this education can and must be inclusive.

  • Anyone interested in the education and wellbeing of refugees and migrants
  • Teachers in schools and colleges
  • Support staff in schools and colleges
  • SLT in schools and colleges
  • Practitioners working in the refugee and migrant support field

By joining the session, you will:
  • Draw attention to the critical insights of refugees and migrants to address how schools might become more welcoming and inclusive
  • Hear examples of good practice from schools that have successfully integrated refugee and migrant students
  • Explore strategies that practitioners can use to cultivate and sustain inclusive relationships within the education sector

Presenter Information

Liudmyla Berezova is an Associate Professor at the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine. She is engaged in the development of a modern psychology of creativity and problem-solving tasks in difficult conditions. Liudmyla is one of the millions of people who have been displaced as a result of the war in Ukraine. She is a refugee and has been living in England with her son for seven months.

Julie Wharton is a Senior Lecturer in Education and the programme leader for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo) at the University of Winchester. Julie joined the University in
2014, having spent seven years working as a SEND Inspector in a Local Authority. She also worked as a Virtual Headteacher supporting unaccompanied children seeking sanctuary. Before this, she was an Advanced Skills Teacher for Special Educational Needs.

Wayne Veck started his teaching career as a teacher of English to students from Afghanistan and Iraq seeking refuge in the UK. He is now Professor of Education at the University of Winchester, having been the Faculty Head of
Research and Knowledge Exchange from 2015 to 2018. He has given keynote addresses at the universities of Bergamo, Vienna, and Winchester, Lillehammer University College, and at the Polish Disability Forum’s conference, in Warsaw. He has published in leading education journals,
including the Oxford Review of Education, the British Journal of Sociology of Education, the Cambridge Journal of Education, and the International Journal of Inclusive Education.