Schools’ Day of Action 2018

Norwich Schools of Sanctuary is collaborating with Anglia Ruskin University and The Common Lot to develop an event as part of the Amnesty International initiative #FootballWelcomes. We are looking for teachers and educators to be part of the project.

In April, schools across the county will be invited to hold a day of action to build their pupils’ understanding of what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to engage with Norfolk’s rich history as a place of welcome and safety for refugees and asylum seekers. There will be assembly materials and lesson plans available to deepen the pupils’ engagement with these issues and participating schools will be encouraged to have a non-uniform day where the children will wear yellow and green and be asked to make a voluntary donation to support local refugee communities.

For the day of action, the research team behind Come Yew In! will be conducting new research, and using existing materials from Come Yew In!, to develop resources for primary and secondary schools.

To mark the upcoming 80th anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War we have plans to develop research and resources around the following themes:

• The Gallego Brothers, refugees from the Spanish Civil War who played for Norwich City FC and Cambridge United
• Spanish refugees in Norfolk
• Guernica & Picasso

In addition to resources that explore Norfolk’s history as a place of sanctuary and the current global refugee crisis:

• The Strangers & the introduction of canaries to Norfolk
• A historical overview of Norfolk’s rich history as a place of sanctuary
• Cross-curricular lessons exploring the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in the modern world

We are looking for teachers and educators interested in collaborating with the researchers in order to shape lesson plans.

We are having a meeting to introduce the project to the research team and interested educators at 7-9pm on October 18th at a venue tbc. If you would like to attend, please email

You can find out more about Amnesty International’s #FootballWelcomes here

Day of action overview