Supporting Pupils from Ukraine

In light of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, many schools across the country will be supporting Ukrainian families and pupils as they arrive in Ireland. We have collated some useful resources for members below.

Webinar: Supporting schools welcoming Ukrainian children

The INTO recently hosted a webinar for members who will be welcoming Ukrainian children to their schools.

The webinar, which you can watch below, features a panel of speakers including Jessica Farnan, Manager, CDETB Youth and Education Service for Refugees and Migrants; Charlotte Byrne, Education Officer with the Irish Refugee Council and Aoife Merrins-Gallagher a primary school teacher and PhD scholar at DCU, Institute of Education who is passionate about supporting children with EAL, bilingualism and inclusive educational practice. This session also featured input from principals and teachers who have experience of welcoming Afghan children and Syrian refugees in recent times.

Information on the webinar and participants is available here.

Resources from the Department of Education

Information for people who have arrived in Ireland from Ukraine (Ukrainian language).

Information for people who arrived in Ireland from Ukraine (Russian language).

Information for people who have arrived in Ireland from Ukraine

Supporting the Wellbeing of Children from Ukraine in your School – Guidance for primary schools

Departmental correspondence to schools on support measures to support influx of Ukrainian pupils 

EAL resources list from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Supporting Children and Young People in a time of War Advice for School Staff

Minister Foley announces the establishment of Regional Education and Language Teams for Ukraine

Tips for Parents (Ukrainian and Russian versions)

Tips for Parents – Ukrainian 

Tips for Parents – Russian

National Parents’ Council

The National Parents Council Primary (NPC) has launched a new Helpline for Ukrainian parents who have recently arrived in Ireland.

The Helpline will help parents with any questions they might have relating to their children’s education in Ireland, and we have a Helpline Officer who speaks Ukrainian and Russian.

The Helpline number is 01 8874473, or the helpline can be emailed at and will be open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Learning resources

Language Resources

  • Duolingo – provides a (brief) overview of Ukrainian and Russian, what people speak in Ukraine and why. Click here.
  • Ukrainian phrases – The ‘Ukrainian Lessons’ website contains useful resources including a Ukrainian alphabet guide with videos and examples, a bank of phrases and a grammar section. Click here.
  • website – The website have a range of free resources available for dual language new starters. Click here.
  • Languages Connect – The PPLI Primary Team have developed a suite of resources to support all teachers and in response to the current situation Languages Connect have created a range of language maps that will be useful for helping Ukrainian pupils access the language of the classroom. The downloadable resources are available in both Ukrainian and Russian. Click here.
  • Omniglot website – Omniglot have compiled a list of useful phrases in Ukrainian. Click here.
  • Little Owls website – Free printable dual-language flashcards. Click here.
  • Intercultural Guidelines for Primary Schools – PPLI Primary Intercultural Guidelines are designed to help teachers respond to the challenges of the Primary Language Curriculum, include the home languages of EAL pupils in classroom activities and pupils’ intercultural learning. Click here.
  • Linguistic Diversity Young Interpreters – The Young Interpreter Scheme was originally set up in response to an increase in the numbers of children attending primary schools with English as an additional language. Its primary aim is for bilingual and multilingual children to use their home language to help newcomer children access English, develop friendships, and successfully transition into a new school. The example below showcases the work of a mixed urban primary school where a rich variety of languages is spoken by multilingual children. Click here.

Ukrainian and Russian Books

  • Reading website – A large collection of translated books at a variety of reading levels are available on the website. Ukrainian translated levelled books are presented at the same levels as their English language counterparts. Click here.
  • Kid Kiddos Books – To support Ukrainian children at this time all Ukrainian and Russian e-books on this website are free. Click here.
  • Storybooks ESL – Storybooks ESL is a free open educational resource that promotes literacy and language learning in homes, schools, and communities. Click here.
  • Children’s books in Ukrainian – Click here.
  • English Language Support Teachers Association (ELSTA) – The ELSTA website provides a sample of the books that are often recommended by experts in children’s literature. Teachers may consider recommending some of these books to parents to read with their child at home. YouTube videos of some of the books being read aloud are also available. Click here.

Other resources

  • Children’s Books about Refugees & Immigration. Click here.
  • Climbing the Rainbow – Russia and Ukraine story – a resource created to help children or adults feeling anxious about the news regarding Russia and Ukraine. Click here.
  • Amnesty resource (using fiction to explore human rights) – The Journey by Francesca Sanna Flying Eye Books (Primary/lower secondary). This illustrated picture book introduces a powerful and moving perspective on migration for readers of all ages. Click here.
  • Children’s Books Ireland – Children’s Books Ireland have compiled a ‘Together with Refugees’ reading list. This is a curated list of titles recommended by expert reviewers and includes a spread across age ranges and genres. Click here.
  • Free To Be Me – The ‘Free to Be Me’ project celebrates diversity, representation, and inclusion in books for children and young people and to ensure equity and visibility in both school, public libraries and bookshops and in the home. Resource packs are available to accompany the ‘Free to Be Me’ reading guide. Click here.
  • Yellow Flag – Resources that are useful for addressing inter-culturalism within the classroom. Click here.
  • Professional Development Service for Teachers – PDST supports for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Click here.
  • Schools of Sanctuary Ireland – Guidance and Resources for Parents, Carers and Teachers. Click here.
  • Irish Refugee Council – Resources for schools. Click here.
  • Barnardos – Talking to children about War. Click here.
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) – Resources on refugee trauma. Click here.
  • BBC Children in Need – Resources for talking to children about Ukraine and Russia. Click here.
  • CPSMA Podcast – Welcoming newly arriving children from Ukraine. Click here.

Continuous Professional Development for teachers

ELSTA – Learning English as an Additional Language and Beyond Webinar

30 March 2022, 19:00 – 20:30

Speakers at this event:

  • Craig Neville, Lecturer, University College Cork
  • Dr Mary-Pat O’Malley, Registered Speech and Language Therapist
  • Susan Mackey, Social Worker, Nasc Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre
  • Kate Mc Caughey, HSCL, St. Mary’s National School, Dorset Street
  • Philip McCarthy, ELSTA Public Relations Officer, Primary School Teacher

Click here to register.

Mother Tongues – Supporting primary school children who are new to English

This course provided by Mother Tongues is designed for teachers who are new to teaching EAL pupils either in the mainstream classroom or as EAL support teachers. It offers guidance and strategies to support pupils who are starting to learn English as an additional language.

The course enables teachers to:

  • Distinguish between different types of bilingual/multilingual children
  • Identify typical phenomena in English language learning in childhood
  • Identify suitable approaches to support EAL in the primary school setting
  • Select appropriate techniques to improve children’s language and communication skills
  • Support families of EAL by giving evidence-based advice

Click here to learn more.

Child Psychology Institute – Free online CPD course.

Click here to learn more.

Mother Tongues Learning Together Education Network

Learning Together Education Network is a community of practice created by Mother Tongues for teachers and practitioners in education settings who are interested in the themes of migration, inclusivity, language learning and child development in multicultural families.

The aim of the Learning Together Network is to enable practitioners to learn and share successful practice for engaging with children and families from a migrant background to prevent educational disadvantage, potential misdiagnosis and social isolation in the long term. It is a space to meet other practitioners and experts in the sector, to learn about what is being done, and to identify what further support is needed and where the gaps are.

A range of videos can be accessed here

Allocation of teachers to schools

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