Supporting the education of refugee children

 Financial support at school  - information regarding free school meals, school transport and financial assistance towards school uniform and sports kit, and sanitary products

Gwynedd – Financal support at school

Anglesey – Financial support at school


Welcome to Gwynedd booklet

Welcome to Gwynedd booklet – Ukrainian version 

Welcome to Gwynedd booklet – English version

Welcome to Gwynedd booklet – Welsh version


Welcome to Anglesey

Welcome to Anglesey - English version

Welcome to Anglesey - Welsh version 

Isle of Anglesey County Council Website


Support for people arriving in Gwynedd and Anglesey from Ukraine

Further support for Ukrainian familes is available from Gwynedd and Anglesey Councils

Gwynedd Council – Ukraine Crisis - Support for people arriving in Gwynedd

Isle of Anglesey County Council – Ukraine Appeal 


English as an Additional Language (EAL) Service - The Gwynedd and Anglesey EAL Service works with children and young people who:

  • Come from ethnic minority backgrounds;
  • Can communicate with the family and sometimes with the wider community in the language/s of the home - but need to learn English and Welsh in order to access the curriculum and to communicate with peers, teachers at school and others who live in Wales.


Educational Psychology Service - The Gwynedd and Anglesey Educational Psychology Service works with

  • Children who have any type of additional learning needs (specific learning difficulties, emotional difficulties, children/young people on the autism spectrum etc)
  • Every school has a named Educational Psychologist
  • The Educational Psychologists work closely with staff within Schools, particularly the Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCo).
  • If you are a parent/carer who is concerned about your child, we suggest that you discuss with the ALNCo at the school in the first instance.


Wellbeing resources for schools

The 3 Good Things Activity - this is an easy and enjoyable activity to do on your own or as a family. Research suggests that this simple activity can increase our feelings of happiness and support emotional wellbeing. The activity was developed by Martin Seligman who is renowned for initiating and developing research in the field of positive psychology. 

Gratitude Journal

My Happy Place

Belly Breathing

YouTube video Belly Breathing 

Supporting children through bereavement - Gwynedd and Anglesey Educational Psychology Service - This document has been drawn up for teachers, adults and carers who support a child or children who have experienced loss or bereavement.

Wellbeing Workshops / Wellbeing Pack (Secondary) Educational Psychology Service including:

  • Wellbeing Resource Pack – Resource Pack and Video
  • Reducing Anxiety – Workbook and Video
  • Mindfulness – Workbook and Video

The Five Essential Steps of Emotion Coaching - Emotion coaching is an evidence-based strategy based on the research of psychologist John Gottman. It is an approach that adults can use to help children and young people recognise and understand the different emotions they experience, why they occur and find ways of dealing with them.

Providing support following trauma -  


Further resources for schools

Noddfa Ceredigion – Resources created by Ceredigion County Council

Guidance for Admitting and Welcoming Ukrainian Citizens into Flintshire Schools Resources created by Flintshire County Council.

Say it in … Ukrainian - Resource created by Mentrau Iaith sharing some ‘vital’ Welsh words translated to Ukrainian

The Widget Refugee Support Pack – A resource to support communication. The Pack has a range of symbol-supported communication charts and useful resources that can be used by anyone to help refugees convey health, education, home information, urgent needs and requirements.

Twinkl - a website full of resources for teachers and support staff, has many EAL and dual language resources, including many in Ukrainian, for example: 

The Bell Foundation - The Bell Foundation’s website features hundreds of resources free to download, including the twenty Great Ideas pages. These Great Ideas provide teachers with the rationale behind using the various tried and tested approaches and strategies recommended for use with everyone in the class, but in particular, with learners who use English as an Additional Language. Each Great Idea includes links to relevant resources and many Great Ideas also include short guidance videos. Discover the 20 Great Ideas

Information on the organisation of the educational process for Ukrainian children – This document provided by the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, lists web resources and portals to help Ukrainian children to study while abroad. Shared by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

Supporting Afghan children in schools - Resource created by Refugee Education UK (November 2021). Many strategies described may be useful for supporting refugees from other countries too.

The Sanctuary website  has lots of information for people arriving in Wales from Ukraine and is available in Ukrainian and other languages.  This website can be used in many different languages. Use the ‘Choose Language’ box above to find a language you can understand. Information on this website is divided into a theme, such as housing or education.

Translated COVID-19 Health information ‘Doctors of the World’ - a series of resources addressing common questions including how to register with a GP, COVID 19 and the vaccine as well as keeping young people healthy.


Useful Webinars 

Webinar: ‘Welcoming Ukrainian Arrivals’- Webinar from The Bell Foundation on ‘ Welcoming Ukrainian Arrivals’. Welcoming and supporting newly arrived pupils who have been displaced. Lina Maksymuk provides key information about the Ukrainian context essential for schools to prepare for a new arrival. (May 2022)

Webinar: How to Talk with Children and Young People About War | Understanding and Supporting our Refugee Children - Written / Presented by Dr Tina Rae, Chaired by Professor Barry Carpenter, Hosted by Evidence for Learning (EfL) | LearningShared (4 April 2022)