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Day of Welcome 2024

A Day of Welcome, 14 June 2024

A Day of Welcome is an annual day of solidarity and learning in schools that aims to build a culture of welcome and understanding for people seeking sanctuary. Founded by teachers in Norfolk, this initiative is developed by Anglia Ruskin University in partnership with UK Schools of Sanctuary.

VNET are delighted to support and sponsor the live, online events/webcasts that kickstart A Day of Welcome!

 Schools signing up will be provided with:

  • Teacher’s Toolkit – access to a folder of teacher-approved materials and resources to deliver assemblies, lessons and workshops
  • Access to live online events and workshops – author events for KS1 and KS2 and Secondary pupils
  • Teacher Refugee Education CPD with International Rescue Committee
  • Guidance on how to plan and deliver the day in a sensitive way

These inspirational webcasts from authors and illustrators are free to access for any classroom or child across the country. For more information and to register see below:

Register for a Day of Welcome

Celebrated by over 530 schools in 2023, it’s designed to support teachers in kickstarting Refugee Week by providing free live events, resources and activities for pupils of all ages.

Asylum Speakers – Jaz O'Hara

Audience: Secondary schools
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Asylum Speakers is a media platform amplifying the voices of those impacted by displacement. In this session we will hear from founder Jaz O’Hara and her Eritrean foster brother Meseret Bereket who left his country as an unaccompanied child, making the journey to the UK in order to find safety, and how him joining Jaz’s family had a life-changing impact on them both.

A Day of Welcome – Bobble (KS1)

Audience: Pupils aged 5-7 (Year 1-2 in England & Wales, P2-3 students in Scotland)
Friday, June 14, 2024 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am

Author, Refugee Rights Campaigner and Speaker Gulwali Passarlay, will be joining us online to share a story with an important message. By reading and exploring BOBBLE with Gulwali, the children will gain an understanding of who refugees are, and explore how to make their classroom a more welcoming place. They’ll also get to meet a real live Bobble!

A Day of Welcome – Bobble (lower KS2)

Audience: Pupils aged 7-9 (Year 3-4 in England & Wales, P4-5 students in Scotland)
Friday, June 14, 2024 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Author, Refugee Rights Campaigner and Speaker Gulwali Passarlay, will be joining us online to share a story with an important message. By reading and exploring BOBBLE with Gulwali, the children will gain an understanding of who refugees are, and explore how to make their classroom a more welcoming place. They’ll also get to meet a real live Bobble!

A Day of Welcome – The Power of Welcome (upper KS2)

Audience: Pupils aged 9-11 (Year 5-6 in England & Wales, P4-5 students in Scotland)
Friday, June 14, 2024 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Award-winning children’s author and illustrator, Nadine Kadaan, will be joining us live for A Day of Welcome. Your pupils will explore some of her work, learn more about Nadine’s homeland Syria and her own experience of leaving her country and settling in the UK. In advance of the event you will receive an extract of The Power of Welcome to learn more about Nadine and to help you prepare your class for the session.
TEACHER CPD – An introduction to the Healing Classrooms approach

Healing Classrooms are safe and nurturing learning spaces where children affected by crisis and conflict can learn, grow and thrive. This session with International Rescue Committee will provide an overview of the Healing Classrooms programme which supports educators to develop inclusive and nurturing learning spaces where refugee and asylum-seeking students can gain the necessary academic, social and emotional skills to develop their full potential.

For school staff: 4-5pm on Thursday June 13, register here.

Thanks to our partners in this event:

Schools of Sanctuary and Anglia Ruskin University have worked closely in the last 5 years to develop A Day of Welcome – an annual day of learning and solidarity inspired by stories of refugee migration that raises awareness of refugee history and heritage, past and present, local and global. Schools of Sanctuary is a national network of schools committed to building a culture of welcome for refugees and asylum seekers.

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Asylum Speakers is a media platform amplifying voices on those impacted by displacement. Asylum Speakers was born in early 2015 and the team are dedicated to challenging the fear- based narrative of today’s media and society and do so through film, talks and an extremely popular podcast. Asylum Speakers has a clear goal for every school-aged child in the UK to have heard a story of displacement firsthand in order to encourage empathy, understanding compassion and love for the most vulnerable members of our society.

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Young Norfolk Arts Trust provides opportunities for children and young people to create and engage with creativity and culture across Norfolk. We  hold the Young Norfolk Arts Festival (YNAF) – a celebration of creativity and performance by and for young people in Norfolk every year. We work closely with schools and cultural organisations to provide creative opportunities and inspiration throughout the year and we are delighted to be part of this project. We also run the YNA Collective (YNAC), a volunteer group of 16-25 year olds with an interest in the arts and creative industries either as a hobby or as a career path.

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WalkThrus

This approach provides clear models for learning, based upon a secure evidence base. In 24/25 join the Norfolk WalkThrus cohort to provide a network to integrate this pedagogical approach to improving teaching and learning across our schools. CPD, networks and instructional coaching all included in membership!