Advance notice that the next NALDIC Hampshire/Berkshire RIG will be held in Portsmouth on Thursday 20th June 2019, with the theme of Working with Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in school, running from 4-6pm. The event is, like every NALDIC RIG, free to attend.

Nadia Potts, from the British Red Cross, will be looking at the national and local context and thinking about the impact of their journey, the asylum process and ongoing points of crisis on the young people and how this may manifest itself in the classroom. Catherine Paradine and Jessica Blake, from Portsmouth EMAS and our Virtual School, will share information about our DfE-funded project and, more particularly, the innovative use of Pupil Premium funding to support UASC. Finally, Rebecca Shore, Portsmouth’s Every Child a Reader (ECAR) and EMAS Adviser, will look at the challenges of supporting young learners with very little English coming late into the school system and will share some useful intervention ideas and support material to use in the classroom. There will also be a display from our School Library Service of books to support empathy and understanding for refugees and asylum-seekers within the school (all key stages) and information about becoming a School of Sanctuary, as EMAS are supporting Portsmouth’s bid (launching the day before this event!)

The session will take place at the ‘Training and Learning Centre’, Portsmouth Academy, St Mary’s Rd, Portsmouth, PO1 5PF. Refreshments will be available on arrival. There is ample car parking available. From St Mary’s Road take a first left into Shakespeare Road, then Manor Road (first left), turn into Cowper Road and the car park is straight ahead. There is also on-street parking near the school.

Naomi Flynn of NALDIC will be sending out a link to book shortly but please ‘save the date’!

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