Reflecting on ways we can Stand Together with newcomers, to make them feel at home



Workshop Description

The news is often, unfortunately, full of stories recounting how words and deeds have made survivors of persecution feel less than welcome and stand apart as they try to build homes in their host countries and communities. Designed to remind us all that “life” is about more than simply existing, this emotionally engaging (and safe) workshop uses drama in everyday situations to help students consider the impacts of being made to feel unwelcome. Reflecting on how we can help stop others feeling this way, they then turn this all around by designing their own “Welcome Gems” - a series of vignettes illustrating how being welcoming and standing together can improve the well-being of all.

Exploring: empathetic thinking, speaking and listening skills 

Cross-Curricular Links: Literacy, History, Geography, MFL, Drama, RE, PSHE

KS2 - KS4 / P1 - S5
30 pupils per workshop
1½ hours – half a day, depending on your needs


How many pupils can take part?

Welcome Gems can accommodate up-to 30 pupils at a time.

What is the format of the day?

We will work with you to plan a timetable for the workshops, to suit the number of classes you would like to include - and around the specific timings of your school day. It might look something like this:

9.00 - 10.00: Session 1

10.00 - 11.00: Session 2

11.00 - 12.00: Session 3


1.00 - 2.00: Session 4

2.00 - 3.00: Session 5

Are there any technical requirements?

Your visitor will need access to a laptop/ screen/projector set up in the working space.

Where do the workshops take place?

These are active workshops and benefit from a large open space such as the school hall. A large classroom with desks and chairs stowed away as far as possible is fine.

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