An independent day school in Berkshire is hoping that its refugee homework club will go nationwide.

Since 2012 The Abbey School has worked with The Reading Refugee Support Group to run the club twice a week. It allows children from local refugee families to receive one-to-one support from the school’s fifth and sixth-form pupils.

About 70 per cent of each of the year groups volunteer to take part in the programme.

Headteacher Rachel Dent says: “The refugee children may not, outside the classroom, have any exposure to the English language. So giving the child a task to do at home, if they haven’t any means for having that explained, is obviously very challenging.

“This programme helps them to understand what needs to be done and how to do it.”

The school move to expand the scheme has been prompted by the high profile of this summer’s migrant crisis.

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Pic: Lower sixth form pupil Lizzie Heiser supporting Ahmed with his homework


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