It's Complex! Working with Students of Refugee Backgrounds K-12


This 2-day professional learning course provides an introduction and exploration of issues around the teaching of students of refugee backgrounds. It is based on research conducted for the NSW Teachers Federation and documented in the report It’s Complex (2019). The first day focuses on developing a conceptual language for understanding the experiences of refugee students in a culturally complex, globalised world. The second day applies this understanding as it examines the diverse needs of these students: educational, institutional, linguistic, social and the implications of these for teachers and schools.

Participating in this course will:

  • develop an understanding of the complex needs of students of refugee backgrounds: and how best to balance what constitutes the pastoral and academic within these students' education.

  • develop a conceptual language for understanding the experiences of students of refugee backgrounds and issues of ethnic diversity more broadly.

  • acquire an overview of aspects of EAUD pedagogy for meeting the English language and literacy needs of refugee students.

  • apply this conceptual understanding, informed by theories of culture and language, in evaluating lessons drawn from research, together with considering the utility of theory for working with students of refugee backgrounds in the context of their own school and classroom.

Target Participants

All K-12 teachers


Face to face