S.T.A.R.S. in schools: Supporting students from refugee backgrounds

Understanding the refugee experience and the impact of trauma on learning and behavior.

This course will count towards Teacher Identified Professional Development (PD) hours (known as Elective PD under NESA’s new Accreditation of PD Courses Policy).


This course raises awareness about students from refugee backgrounds and their experiences and assists school teams in designing and implementing learning and teaching strategies to meet the needs of these students using the resource: S.T.A.R.S in schools.

Module 1: 'Understanding the refugee experience', focuses on increasing participants' awareness of refugee experiences to help them develop empathy and respond with sensitivity to behavioural issues that may arise in relation to refugee students' emotional and learning needs.

Module 2: 'The impact of trauma on settlement and learning', examines how the trauma experienced by refugee students and their families may impact on settlement and learning and how schools can assist in meeting their needs.

Module 3: 'Creating a positive learning environment for students from refugee backgrounds' allows participants to develop an understanding about the need for a whole school approach in creating a safe and welcoming environment for students. They are given access to resources containing visuals and scaffolds to make school expectations about behaviour and learning explicit. Included is a tool for reflecting on whole school practice.

Module 4: ‘'Using the resources', helps participants to understand how to support students from refugee backgrounds who may have challenging behaviours. They discuss a student case study and use the resource to develop a personalised approach to support student wellbeing.

As a result of completing this course, participants will gain understanding of the refugee experience as well as the impact of trauma on learning and behaviour. This will assist them to manage student behavioural issues in a way that supports student recovery. They will work in school teams to explore the resources and share knowledge and understanding about strategies that can be used to develop effective interventions that support students' wellbeing and safety within school by implementing school and system requirements..


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