This presentation will bring together research from three projects which explore diverse aspects of schooling for students from refugee backgrounds.

One project, undertaken during a four month fellowship at the University of Glasgow, explores parent and teacher perceptions of the educational experiences of recently arrived Syrian students in Glasgow schools. The other two projects focus on aspects of secondary schooling for refugee background students in South Australia.

These projects used mixed-methods approaches, with one project exploring school supports for refugee students undertaking their secondary certificate of education and the second project exploring teacher and school abilities to identify and refer student with refugee backgrounds who might be experiencing mental health issues.

Similarities and differences across the Scottish and South Australian contexts will be considered with a consideration of a range of educational practices that shape the schooling experiences of refugee background youth. Aspects that will be explored include the role of EAL staff and language, the preparation of teachers to respond to refugee learners, parent engagement, racialisation and pedagogical and assessment flexibilities.

This event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

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