The IRC’s Healing Classrooms approach—built on 40 years of education in emergencies experience and a decade of research and field testing—offers children a safe and predictable place to learn and cope with the consequences of conflict and displacement.  

The Healing Classrooms programme was launched in the UK in May 2022. We offer free teacher training through a series of online training sessions and in-person workshops. For more information about the training sessions and how to register, please see below.  

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 areas such as trauma-informed pedagogy, social-emotional learning and mindfulness.  

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. 

We will also provide a comprehensive country briefing to assist schools in supporting refugee students, to develop a greater understanding of the culture and the education system of students arriving from Ukraine and Afghanistan.