The Relationships to Enhance Accessible Learning (REAL) project was conducted from 2013 to 2015 by Foundation House (VFST, The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture) within the Refugee
Education Support Program (RESP), which is supported by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD). The REAL Project encouraged dialogue between parents2 from refugee backgrounds and schools to establish best practice techniques for parent engagement. The project aimed to enhance students’ education as a result of this partnership, and the model and its
outcomes will be disseminated to Victorian schools. The importance of family–school partnerships has been recognised at both federal and state levels of education3 and the project’s resources will assist schools to achieve such partnerships with parents from refugee backgrounds. While it is important for schools to explicitly address the needs of refugee-background families, strategies outlined in this document are likely to be of benefit to all parents.
First published May 2015 © The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. 2015. All rights reserved. Material in this resource may be reproduced, translated or adapted to meet local needs without prior permission, subject to acknowledgement of this resource. No commercial use or sale permitted. This background paper was produced to support schools partnering with families from refugee backgrounds to enhance access to their children’s learning. Readers are reminded that this is a background paper only. The Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture Inc. cannot be held responsible for error or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in this guide. The Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture Inc. disclaims all responsibility for any loss or damage which may be suffered or caused by any person relying on the information contained herein. 978-0-9874334-4-2 Educating Children From Refugee Backgrounds: A Partnership Between Schools and Parents 978-0-9874334-5-9 Educating Children From Refugee Backgrounds: A Partnership Between Schools and Parents (PDF)