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Education guidance for refugees and asylum seekers


Article 28 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) recognises the right of the child to an education. In England, education is compulsory and it can be provided at school “or otherwise” (as set out in the 1996 Education Act, section 7). As a Local Authority we also have a statutory duty under the Race Relations Act (Amendment) 2000 to promote race equality and eliminate racial harassment.

Asylum seeker and refugee pupils aged 5-16 have exactly the same entitlement to full-time education as other UK pupils and economic migrants. This rule applies equally across Local Authority schools, academies and free schools.

Education Guidance for Refugee and Asylum Seekers