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New leadership programme supporting young refugees

10 August 2020

The School of Education's Dr Robert Sharples, is developing a new leadership programme for supporting young refugees.

There is an urgent need for school leaders across the UK to have access to specialist training in refugee education.

Dr Robert Sharples, an expert in refugee, bilingual and mobile learners will lead a team, to create a suite of training materials for UK school leaders, with three commercial education providers: Better Bilingual, Hounslow Language Service and the EAL Academy.

The companies will share access to the bespoke academic input, draft the training materials, share them for peer learning & user testing facilitated by the academic team, and then refine the products for commercial use.

Dr Robert Sharples, says ‘These companies are well respected for the quality of their work, and they have the capacity to develop and deliver the training and materials for school leaders, at a scale we would never be able to do alone.’

The research team will consist of 6 PhD students from Bristol and Bath Universities; 3 of which are based at the School of Education, Martin PrestonJáfia Naftali Câmara and Ava Khalfaoui. Applying the team’s research expertise will overcome the high barrier to creating new educational material.

School of Education, University of Bristol PhD student Jáfia Naftali Câmara says ‘It is more important than ever to support school leaders in addressing the educational needs of refugee students.’

This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council Accelerating Business Collaboration fund.

Further information

  • Better Bilingual specialise in enhancing educational provision for pupils from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) backgrounds, many of whom have English as an Additional Language (EAL).
  • The EAL Academy are school improvement specialists and leaders in the fields of academic literacy, ethnic minority achievement and English as an additional language.
  • Hounslow Language Service is an experienced training and consultancy team specialising in developing the language of English learners in the classroom. 
  • The academic team bring a wealth of expertise on international education; refugee learners in the UK, US, Europe, Middle East and Africa; and international human rights and refugee law. 

For more information contact: Dr Robert Sharples, University of Bristol 

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