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Syrian child refugees in Borders given support teacher

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Children fleeing war-torn Syria are to have their own support teacher in the Scottish Borders.

Two refugee families have settled in Galashiels, Selkirkshire, since February.

A further eight families who have fled the conflict and terror in the Arab Republic will join them over the next three-to-four years.

Additional Needs Assistants have been supporting the Syrian children at the Burgh Primary in Galashiels since their arrival.

But after the summer holidays a specialist refugee support teacher will be employed.

A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said:

The council is currently advertising for a part-time teacher to support Syrian refugee children who have been re-settled in Galashiels.

The resettlement of refugees in the Borders is conducted under the Syrian Vulnerable Person Scheme.

And the Home Office will fund the new post at the Galashiels primary school.

The cost of the part-time teacher will be met via the funding provided by the Home Office as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Person Scheme.

The successful candidate will start in August.

Up until now, support has been provided for the children via Additional Needs Assistant support staff, funded directly from the Home Office

– Scottish Borders Council spokesperson

The UK Government agreed in September to accept up to 20,000 refugees over five years to help ease the crisis.

Under the UK Government scheme, each of the refugees will be granted five years humanitarian protection before they can decide to either return home or apply to settle in their adopted country.

The Refugee Support teacher will be employed for 21 hours each week with a pro-rata salary between £22,416 and £35,763 depending on experience. The temporary contract will begin after the summer holidays and run until March 31, 2017.