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Using literature to support refugee and asylum seeker integration at Severn Primary School, Cardiff

The school ensures that refugee and asylum seeker pupils are represented in school resources.

They provide a range of books that pupils can relate to and see themselves in, or books that are written in their home language. These books are used as stimuli for learning experiences and provide opportunities for pupils to explore powerful themes relevant to their lives. For example, they consider the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in text such as ‘The Island’ and ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’. Pupils recall topics such as the story of Floella Benjamin and the Windrush Generation. They respond well to these topics because the stories reflect their own experiences.

Sharing such stories with other pupils helps to nurture tolerance and respect.