Clackmannanshire Council’s Education Refugee Team were shortlisted for ‘Most Inspiring or Innovative Project Award’ in the Scottish Government and Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Quality Improvement Award.
All 32 Scottish Local Authorities are working tirelessly to help resettled refugees integrate in their new communities and it’s great news when this work is recognised.
Here, our friend Lynette Murray outlines just some of the hard work that led to this achievement.
Over the past two years Clackmannanshire has welcomed 20 Syrian refugee families into the authority. Data showed that these children and their families were finding it extremely challenging to adapt to their new surroundings and educational settings. All of these families were potentially very vulnerable due to communication barriers, social isolation and experience of trauma and loss.
Recognising these challenges and using quality improvement methodology to support the design, implementation and evaluation of the project, the Education Refugee Team was implemented to provide an innovative service delivery model to improve well-being and learning outcomes for all Syrian refugee families.
Clackmannanshire Council is delighted to announce that the Education Refugee Team has been shortlisted for a QI Award 2018– ‘Most Inspiring or Innovative Project Award’.
The project is partnership-based and has implemented a range of supports at different levels including:
- sensory-led, 1 to 1 well-being support for nursery & school aged children
- direct 1 to 1 EAL support
- Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy
- community integration events
- ESOL provision (formal and informal) for adults
- Employability support
- supported activity and homework programmes
- enhanced Primary 7 transition
- delivery of staff training in supporting refugee children
- ‘Circle of Friends’ groups
- Targeted youth work & holiday programmes
- Refugee mother & baby groups
The delivery of the numerous interventions have been delivered in a creative manner underpinned by the Neurosequential Model in Education (NME) approach which considers the stage of brain development, as opposed to the chronological age of the child by focussing on sensory regulation.
ESOL provision for Refugee adults has been supported by an onsite crèche, which focuses on structured and sensory play, ensuring attendance is possible for mothers. Additionally during the school holidays this crèche is also transformed into a play scheme which welcomes all children of all ages.
The successful development of this partnership model has embraced a holistic, needs led approach to build capacity amongst young people where vision and innovation are key.
The project has made a vast impact in ensuring refugee families’ well-being & learning needs are being met, and that they are being signposted for further support where necessary. It has been creative and ambitious at every opportunity, in driving forward change in outcomes for Syrian refugees integrating into Clackmannanshire and adapting to living in Scotland.