Last Thursday, Nadhim Zahawi MP visited Studley High to lend his support and find out more about the school’s participation in the 2018-19 Beacon School programme.

Nadhim, along with the UCL Centre’s Programme Leader, Stuart Foster, met with the Headteacher and senior leaders, the programme’s lead teacher and a number of students to consider the relevance of Holocaust education today and the challenges and opportunities faced by schools across the country when teaching and learning about this difficult, complex and challenge past.

Mr Hobbis reflected upon the value of Holocaust education and what difference participation on the programme is making

Being a Beacon School has been truly transformational, for students, school and myself. This programme has led us to cutting edge pedagogy and engage staff in superb CPD. This in turn has allowed us to explore the Holocaust in a way never done before at Studley and has inspired students to study the Holocaust and all its complexities. In doing so we have unearthed the complex questions and have encouraged our students to think critically about important issues within the Holocaust, but also in today’s society. We look forward to our long relationship with the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education which will allow us to further develop our teaching and learning for Holocaust education.

Mr Eost commented:

It has been a privilege to be part of the UCL Holocaust Beacon School programme this year. This has inspired staff and students to deeper into the personal stories of those involved in the Holocaust and begin to access the real complexity of the issue at hand. This has lead to an array of fantastic opportunities for our students which will no doubt make them better global citizens.

We were delighted to welcome Nadhim Zahawi to Studley High School. It is particularly pleasing that Nadhim is both recognising and showing his support for our work with the UCL Beacon School programme for Holocaust education.

Studley High are at the end of their 2018-2019 Beacon School journey and it was wonderful to see our commitment to Holocaust education recognised, and the role of the Centre in supporting schools like us across the country to improve provision for and quality experience of Holocaust education through research informed pedagogy and practice. We look forward to carrying this work on with our Holocaust Quality Mark application in 2020.
We are grateful to all involved and a final thanks must go to Nadhim Zahawi for his time and interest in Holocaust education.