Round table: How Schools are integrating new migrant pupils and their families

Tuesday, 30 April, 2019 - 11:00 to 12:30
2 Dean Trench Street
SW1P 3HE London
United Kingdom




Schools can play a crucial role in integrating migrant children and their families, creating an inclusive environment and improving the performance of pupils who might need additional support, especially with their English language skills. 

New NIESR research funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation explored best practice in 15 schools across England towards the integration of migrant pupils and their families, in areas of long standing diversity or experiencing more recent migration from the EU.

In this roundtable NIESR researchers will present their findings and lead a wider discussion about further steps that could be taken to ensure positive outcomes for migrant children, their families and the wider communities.

The event is intended for schools and experts in the education sector as well as policy makers.


Provisional Programme:

10.45    Registration and coffee

11.00 – 11.30  Part 1: How school are integrating new migrants  

  • Heather Rolfe, NIESR - Welcome and Introduction
  • Chiara Manzoni, NIESR – Main findings and Policy implications
  • Contributions from schools

11.30 – 12.30   Part 2: Roundtable Discussion

  • What works best to welcome pupils and settle them in?
  • How can school engage migrant parents and what are the benefits?
  • How do non-migrant children benefit from integration practices?
  • What would schools do if more funding were available to support migrant pupils and integration work?

12.30  - 13.00   Lunch


The event is free to attend for schools and experts in the education sector but places are limited, therefore to ensure attendance please RSVP as soon as possible to Chiara Manzoni:

Email: c.manzoni [at]

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