Rhyddings is a UCL Holocaust Beacon School

Rhyddings is proud to have become a Holocaust Beacon School, a status conferred by University College, London’s Centre for Holocaust Education. This backing from UCL is only awarded to a handful of schools each year and reflects the School’s commitment to developing our pupils’ understanding of the Holocaust. This year, 2020-2021, Rhyddings is one of only 23 schools across the country to receive this award.

As a Beacon School we are committed to the view that the Holocaust is a critically important part of young people’s education while appreciating the complex challenges that the Holocaust raises as a school subject. In order to receive this status we have already demonstrated an existing commitment to the importance of Holocaust education as well as a keenness to embrace creativity and innovation into in our curriculum. Mrs Crawshaw has also run annual trips to Poland with year 10/11 pupils, which has also allowed staff from across the curriculum to develop their personal understanding of this emotive subject.

Being awarded this status not only recognises our current delivery of Holocaust education and how we develop our pupils’ understanding but it also provides the School opportunities to further develop our pupil’s learning through cross-curricular initiatives and shows a commitment to increasing expertise and teaching standards to advanced levels.

Mrs Crawshaw, Lead Subject Teacher for RE and Health & Social Care, is the School’s Lead Teacher for the Beacon programme and will work with Miss Marsden and the Senior Leadership Team to make Holocaust education a priority. Mrs Crawshaw will also advocate better Holocaust education in other schools across the region. Their work will include developing a Scheme of Work specifically targeted to the needs of our pupils whilst organising outreach to other schools across the region to share knowledge and to help with the development of their educational programmes. This outreach will include a CPD day for our teachers to ensure that the delivering of high quality Holocaust Education is a priority that is reflected across the whole Curriculum.


Mrs Crawshaw says of the School’s Beacon School Status:
“Teaching about the Holocaust effectively, so that students come to understand the roots and ramifications of prejudice and discrimination has always been of tremendous importance to me as an RE teacher. I am delighted to have the opportunity to represent Rhyddings as the Lead Teacher in the Holocaust Beacon School’s initiative.”

Photographs of our most recent visit to Auschwitz – Year 10 + 11, 2020

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