Refugee Week

Refugee Week (17-23 June) is a unique opportunity to discover and celebrate the contribution of refugees to society and to promote a better understanding of why people leave their homes in need of a sanctuary. We’ve selected some great free resources to help you and your students take part in this year’s event.

Stories of spirit

Child refugees

  • These BBC Class Clips videos explore the stories of child refugees.

Refugees: Parvana’s journey

  • Follow one refugee’s fight for freedom, explored through the novel Parvana’s Journey.

Celebrating refugees

  • What is a refugee? What is an asylum seeker? Why do people become refugees? Use these display posters to help students understand and celebrate refugees.

Real life refugee story: The Terminal

  • Explore the true refugee story behind Spielberg’s film The Terminal.

Refugees and human rights

  • From TES partner Hamilton Trust, get students reading about refugees and human rights while learning a new language and developing their writing technique.

Refugee biographies

  • Turn students into authors as they write and research the life-story of an inspirational refugee with this resource from Hamilton Trust.

Reality for refugees

  • Turn students into authors as they write and research the life-story of an inspirational refugee.

Refugee dilemma posters

  • What would you do in some of the extremely difficult situations that refugees face? Pose some difficult theoretical questions to your students with these posters from UN Refugee Agency.

Seaching for a safe place

  • Refugee students and celebrities discuss their reasons for leaving their homeland in a emotional video by Show Racism the Red Card.

Safe place stories

  • Explore personal experiences and media perceptions of asylum seekers and refugees in Show Racism the Red Card’s resource pack.

A refugee journey

  • From perceptions to imprisonment, debate refugee status in this six-lesson scheme.

Challenges and difficulties facing refugees

  • A lesson from TES partner ChristianAid to help students relate to refugees.

Refugee lessons

  • Conflict is a common cause for refugees to flee; explore personal stories in this active lesson from TES partner Kidogo.

Welcome a refugee visitor

  • Welcome a refugee visitor into school with a guide from TES partner EmployabilityForum.

Refugee feelings

  • What does it feel like to be a refugee? Take a look at this assembly from TES partner TrueTube focusing on refugee feelings.

Becoming a refugee

  • Follow the journeys of several young people and find out how they became refugees in these real-life stories from TES partner Christian Aid.

Refugees and asylum

  • Explore the threats that force refugees to leave their homeland in a lesson from TES partner Amnesty International.

Refugees: Positive images

  • Get students thinking about migration, asylum seekers and refugees with a series of interactive activities and videos from TES partner British Red Cross.

Refugees and media misconceptions

  • Help students to analyse media messages and break down myths about migrants, refugees and asylum seekers with a lesson from TES partner Hamilton Trust.

Teachers TV videos: Refugees

  • Add description: More Refugee themed resources from Teachers TV.