Teaching Refugees and Migrant Groups

Course Summary

This highly interactive teacher training course provides a solid introduction to the challenge of teaching refugee and migrant groups in the elementary and secondary school sectors. Participants will analyse school culture, issues, objectives, and change management. By the end of the course, participants will able to produce sample materials to use either with colleagues or students and have established an international network of teachers working with similar challenges for future development.

Fast Facts

Course dates:17.02.2020 – 21.02.2020
20.04.2020 – 24.04.2020
03.08.2020 – 07.08.2020
Max. group size:12
Entry level:B1
Min. age:23
Course materials:Included
Booking fee£55
Terms and conditions

Target Audience

This course is for all professionals who want to better understand the challenges of teaching and working with refugee and migrant groups in the elementary and secondary sectors. We will consider different approaches to teaching, specific challenges and possible strategies to deal with these challenges. Participants need to be at a minimum B1 level of English.


After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:

  • A pre-course questionnaire which will enable trainers to learn about the participants’ teaching backgrounds and challenges
  • A recommended reading list to prepare participants for various aspects of the course
  • Information about York to prepare teachers for their cultural experience


By the end of the course participants will:

  • be able to understand more specifically the challenges they face within their professional contexts
  • have had the opportunity to discuss these in a multi-cultural group with other professionals
  • be able to produce materials to train other colleagues or students
  • set up a cross cultural support group working with similar challenges


Sessions demonstrate the challenges of working successfully with refugee and migrant communities. A high level of participation is expected and apart from direct training, case studies and discussion of critical incidents, the course will provide models for teachers to develop their own training workshops in the future.

Follow Up

The course ends with an evaluation session, where teachers are asked to reflect upon the value of the knowledge gained on the course. They are also encouraged in this session to create an international support network of participants coming from other countries but facing similar challenges.  This course and resulting skills and contacts may be a platform for further career development as intercultural specialists in their home communities.

Sample Course Programme

TIMESession OneSession TwoSession Three
Introduction to the course: objectives and methodology
Cultural analysis of working cultures in the education sector and challengesMultiple intelligences / learning styles: towards a successful learning environment
TUESDAYEmotional Intelligences within the educational institution, classroom, and analysisChange management skills and action plansVisiting speakers:
Working with different refugee / migrant communities in education
WEDNESDAYConflict resolution within institutions and practical application to achieving change
DIE models of differing perceptions and further strategies to identify and resolve obstaclesUsing case studies and critical incidents to produce high impact training materials

Each session above is 90 minutes long. Exact timings will be confirmed before your course.

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