UCL Beacon School in Holocaust Education 2019-20
Beacon High is part of the UCL Holocaust Beacon School programme. This is an important initiative which aims to use Holocaust Education to promote inclusiveness amongst our student body despite differences in faith, nationality, ethnicity or sexuality.
The programme teaches students to challenge misconceptions in society and allows them to develop their own values regarding human rights, prejudice and justice.
The programme is in complete harmony with our school ethos; Believe, Belong, Become - Where dreams inspire futures. It is vital in such a multi-cultural environment, that we instil a sense of belonging and identity amongst our students in order to develop community cohesion. As a result, Holocaust Education creates learning enquiries which help to facilitate this.
Through placing this at the heart of our curriculum, we hope to instil in our students a desire to be ‘upstanders’ who will stand up to injustice as they develop into future leaders of society.
“You can’t interpret the world without understanding the Holocaust”
However, we are aware that learning about such events can be profoundly disturbing. Our programme therefore helps teachers to support young people as they deal with powerful and sometimes disorientating feelings, helping them to express themselves and to develop their emotional literacy.
It also explores how and why the Holocaust happened through detailed historical study of the evidence. Students will tackle issues of identity, stereotypes, racism and protest through this genocide and more recent genocides such as Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfar.
Only through learning about atrocities of the past can we start to ensure that such horrors are not replicated in our own society today.
Holocaust Memorial Day 27th January
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) encourages remembrance in a world scarred by genocide. We promote and support Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) – the international day on 27th January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Every year at Beacon High, we commemorate and remember the events of the Holocaust on Holocaust Memorial Day. We designate a whole week of teaching across the curriculum around the 27th January. Throughout this week, the students of Beacon High learn about aspects of the Holocaust, or more recent genocides, in all of their subject areas as part of our commitment to becoming