Last Friday I visited Turton School to find out more about the school’s participation in the 2017-18 Beacon School programme.
Turton is working with University College London’s Holocaust Education Centre to deliver a deep and engaging education experience on the subject of the Holocaust. Scott Tither, a Beacon School Lead Teacher, has been given the opportunity to take part in extensive learning and later this year will visit Poland, developing a greater understanding of the Holocaust to inform his teaching.
It was encouraging to hear from both teachers and students about how they have gone beyond the headline figures of the Holocaust to look at the individual human stories of its victims. I met year 12 students who have felt so inspired by their studies that they are working to share what they have learned and teach younger students in their own time.
Talking to year 9, it’s clear that complex moral and social issues are being debated in ways that not only help to explain the events of the 1930s and 40s but develop critical thinking to explore contemporary society. Their insights and thoughtful approach to the subject were very impressive.
While I was there I also took part in an interview for BBC School Report on the importance of Holocaust Education. We can’t allow events like these to ever happen again and education is key.
I’d like to thank UCL and Turton School for inviting me to visit and see the project in action. I hope that other schools can learn from what is being done at Turton School follow their lead.