Creating a Community of Learning for Homeless Children
Sara Robinson and Jamie Richards
Sara and Jamie work towards bringing homeless children back into the education system. They support a comprehensive approach to homeless children’s education, including: Partnering with local organizations, such as ‘Children’s Trust’ in Uganda, that offer school preparation courses alongside psychosocial support to help street children readjust to mainstream life. Establishing a system with schools so they can understand the unique situation faced by homeless children and help support their reintegration into the school system. Facilitating coordination between schools, police, district government and the community to raise awareness of these issues and improve attitudes and support for homeless children. Providing street homeless with a shelter and school starter kits, which include uniforms, exercise books and other materials they may need to start their journey into education.
Sara has worked in education for 25 years, starting as an English language teacher, moving into teacher training (including being a CELTA trainer for ten years), school leadership and then consultancy.
On her professional journey she has specialised in intercultural understanding, inclusion, language teaching and school leadership.
Sara has lived and worked in Uganda, Spain, Portugal, the Maldives and the UK. She is currently an inspector with the British Council and a volunteer for charity organisations specialising in teaching and supporting children in need in Africa.
Alan has a BA in psychology, MEd in special education, and an EdS in school (educational) psychology. He holds USA licensure as both a special education teacher and school psychologist, as well as registration as an educational psychologist in the UK with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Over the past 25 years he has worked as a special education teacher and educational psychologist in the USA, Belgium, Spain and the UK. Throughout his career, Alan has endeavoured to be strengths-based in his approach, and to promote inclusion of young people with special educational needs.