School’s In for Refugees – professional learning workshops

School’s In for Refugees assists schools with students from refugee backgrounds by supporting student engagement, wellbeing and achievement and promoting staff wellbeing.

  • Tier: Tier 2: Early Intervention cohort specific support
  • Type of intervention: Support for diverse cohorts
  • Strength of evidence: Registered professional
  • Geographic location: State-wide

Program description

School’s In for Refugees (SIFR) is a suite of professional learning modules designed to assist schools with cohorts from refugee backgrounds to confidently support their students’ engagement, wellbeing and achievement, and promote staff wellbeing.

The program comprises:

  • 2 foundational Modules, focusing on the refugee experience
  • 5 advanced Modules, focusing on senior students, supporting transitions, classroom strategies, and partnering with families.

The Foundation House Trauma Recovery Framework is applied throughout the modules, comprised of 4 interrelated recovery goals that address the effects of traumatic refugee events.

The suite of modules assists schools to apply the Trauma Recovery Framework across the whole school by creating supportive policies, procedures and practices.

Intended outcomes

  • Support student engagement, wellbeing and achievement
  • Promote staff wellbeing

Program details

Target audience
  • Capacity building for primary school staff
  • Capacity building for secondary school staff
Program providerFoundation House (Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc.)
Delivery modeFace-to-face, online

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: Schools with student cohorts from refugee backgrounds.
  • Program adaptability: Modules can be tailored to schools' needs.
  • Staffing: Backfilling may be required if staff attend training during classroom time.
  • Training requirements: Schools can request a tailored group session or send individual staff to calendar events. Tailored group modules require a minimum of 20 participants. Participants are required to complete preliminary reading prior to participating in their PD.
  • Australian experience: The content aligns with the Victorian DET’s Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO) and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The program is state-wide and may be scaled up for delivery to a wider audience.


  • Item cost: Free
  • Detailed cost: Free