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Camden Annual Refugee Pupils' Achievement Award Ceremony - A message from Pete Dudley

Camden Annual Refugee Pupils' Achievement Award Ceremony - A message from Pete Dudley

Camden Annual Refugee Pupils' Achievement Award Ceremony - A message from Pete Dudley

08 Jun 2016

Dear colleagues,

Camden has celebrated the Annual Refugee Pupils’ Achievement Award Ceremony every year for the last 14 years to promote better understanding of the additional needs of pupils’ from refugee backgrounds and celebrate their remarkable achievements. The Council has provided funding and organised the events.

However, in recent years, a number of schools have raised concerns about whether the ceremony, in its current form, is still appropriate. Staff in schools, particularly those who are responsible for ethnic minority achievement, have reported that there are an increasing number of pupils from refugee backgrounds who have expressed their concern about identifying them as refugees or asylum seekers. Several schools have also expressed concern that the event does not celebrate the achievements of other groups who are not refugees and have suggested holding an alternative event which includes all vulnerable groups.

The Council discussed these concerns with members of refugee groups at the Refugee Forum meeting on 24th May 2016. There is a consensus on the need to hold a broader consultation with schools and the refugee communities and rather than go ahead with this year’s event. to design instead an alternative event for future years following the consultation.

The Council has therefore decided to suspend the 2016 Refugee Pupils’ Award Ceremony and proposes to hold an alternative event to be held in the next academic year.

We will draw up the consultation with Refugee Forum colleagues and we will no doubt be asking you and some of your students for views on the nature of the alternative event in the near future.

Yours sincerely

Pete Dudley
Director of Education

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