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Helping children to thrive in times of crisis

Healing Classrooms

The Impact of Crisis on Children

The IRC’s Healing Classrooms approach—built on 30 years of education in emergencies experience and a decade of research and field testing—offers children a safe, predictable place to learn and cope with the consequences of conflict. 

Unlike many educational programmes that focus solely on academic subjects and second language acquisition, Healing Classrooms promotes social-emotional learning, as well as proficiency in reading, maths and other subjects, while also addressing the demands of new teaching in the digital age. The approach is based on research that shows social-emotional learning programmes improve students’ life skills, behaviour and academic performance.

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The Impact of Crisis on Children

Crisis and conflict have direct and profound effects on children’s physical safety, well-being and ability to learn. Neuroscience has shown that children who experience the types of adversity common in crisis settings can have a physiological “toxic stress” response that inhibits their brain development, impacting their physical and mental health, cognition, behaviour and relationships. But this can be reversed. Children are remarkably resilient. When provided with the right support, such as safe, quality educational opportunities, the negative effects of hardship and stress are mitigated and children can heal, grow, learn and thrive.

What is a healing classroom?

Educator training sessions will focus on how to provide safe and supportive learning environments for refugees alongside practical advice and resources on how to incorporate social-emotional learning into the curriculum.

The IRC will provide printed and delivered instructional manuals and resources, as well as access to an online resource bank for teaching and teacher development.

The IRC also provide a comprehensive briefing to assist schools in supporting refugee students, to develop a greater understanding of the culture and the education system of their country of origin.

How will this be offered to educators in the UK?

Training sessions will be delivered both online to schools or teachers across the UK as well as in-person in the South East of England.

Our training will be led by an IRC education specialist who has extensive experience of the English education system as well as having worked with refugees both in this country and abroad. Corresponding resources will be shared with teachers.  

Contact details

For further information including how to register for trainings please contact: [email protected]