Lujain 14, a pupil at Clydebank High School
Lujain 14, a pupil at Clydebank High School

Transitioning through education

For refugee and asylum-seeking young people in the UK

Practitioner advice sheets

All children have the right to education, enshrined in Articles 28 and 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This right isn’t lost when children are forced to flee their home countries. However, young refugees and asylum seekers face many challenges to the realisation of this right as they progress through education.

Drawing on the evidence released in our report, Education transitions for refugee and asylum-seeking young people in the UK, the UK Committee for UNICEF and Refugee Education UK (formerly Refugee Support Network) have developed four advice sheets for practitioners to support their work with young refugees.

About the advice sheets

The advice sheets offer practical solutions for institutions and individuals to the challenges faced by young refugees during the transition through to further education (FE) and higher education (HE). From insufficient advice and guidance to bursaries to pastoral support, among other areas, the advice sheets lay out both challenges and solutions.

They are a must-read for anyone working in education for refugees and asylum-seekers.

About the research

The advice sheets are based on research from our partner Refugee Education UK (formerly Refugee Support Network), drawing on the experiences of more than 500 young refugees in the UK.

Building on our earlier report, Education for refugee and asylum seeking children: Access and equality in England, Scotland and Wales, this research specifically examines progression to FE and HE in the UK. The study:

  • Addresses the gap in relevant research
  • Builds on existing evidence
  • Examines the factors that hinder and support refugee and asylum-seeking young people’s education progression in the UK

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