Schools of Sanctuary

Fram is one of a selection of secondary schools in Norfolk which has achieved Schools of Sanctuary status. Becoming a School of Sanctuary is a way to engage sanctuary seekers and families with their communities and educate children and teachers about the human right to sanctuary. As part of gaining this status, we pledge to create a safe environment that includes everybody in school, regardless of where people come from, their gender, sexuality, religion or appearance.

Students engage each year with aspects of their core curriculum which ensures that they understand our ‘Respect Each Other’ core value.  This may be within English exploring texts from other cultures, learning about migration in Geography, exploring refugees within Norfolk in History, discussing the law an refugees in GCSE Citizenship or one of many other opportunities within the curriculum.  Every year as a school we mark the Norfolk Day of Welcome reflecting on how we can ensure that our county is supportive to all.  Our assembly and RPE curriculum include a range of opportunities for young people to meet with refugees and asylum seekers.  In 2022 this has included an assembly on Human Trafficking from Mark Little OBE, a Human Library event for all Year 9 and a workshop with Rana Haidari UEA student from Afghanistan for all KS4.  The school’s link to Malawi continues to be a method to fund raise and engage with a different community (LINK).   During recent times the school has also completed fundraising to support the Disasters Emergency Relief Campaign both financially and collecting for trucks sending aid directly.

All students who are refugees are supported with our buddy system and our EAL coordinator ensures that the right support is delivered whether this be interpreters for parents evening, understanding of how to use online tools or learning about the local area.

Within the school we run a group called ‘No Outsiders’ as part of our ‘Respect Each Other’ and ‘Be Heard’ core values.  This is an opportunity for our young people to celebrate differences, share concerns and engage in events.  This group  have supported our School of Sanctuary initiatives and been key in evaluating aspects of the school such as displays, extracurricular opportunities and imagery in PowerPoint.  The Den is also a place that students can choose to attend at social times as a quieter and more formally structured space – here several students will play games, speak with adults and make connections which help them to flourish at school.   

Staff training is key to ensure that we are able to promote sanctuary and ease transition to UK.  Training is via our local EAL network as well as our SENDCo, Aspiring SENDCo and external agencies such as #HopeNotHate.

You can find out more about Norfolk Schools of Sanctuary here:

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