Cottesloe Beacon School for Holocaust Education

The Cottesloe School is delighted to have been chosen as a Beacon School in Holocaust Education as part of the UCL Beacon School in Holocaust Education programme.

The UCL Centre for Holocaust Education is part of University College London, the UK’s foremost institution for education, research, theory and practice and rated the world’s leading university for education in 2014 and 2015 QS World Rankings.

The UCL Centre for Holocaust Education works with schools to enable young people to deepen their understanding of the significance of the Holocaust and to explore its relevance for their own lives and the contemporary world. Being part of this programme will help us to transform our pupils’ understanding of this complex and emotionally challenging subject. 

We believe that the Holocaust is a fundamental part of a student’s education. Teaching and learning about the Holocaust has great value in developing our SMSCV provision as well as actively promoting global learning and active democratic citizenship.  In addition, our students will develop their ability to think independently and critically.

We are very proud to be involved in this national initiative and our students and staff will benefit from the centre’s national research as we can share and gain from the expertise and experience of other school colleagues across the country.

Miss Cox, supported by Mr Wilson, is our Lead Teacher. Miss Cox’s role as Lead Teacher is to coordinate the development of Holocaust education in our school.  Miss Cox will work with colleagues across the school to plan how different departments may contribute to our students’ understanding about the Holocaust.

As part of our Beacon Status, Miss Cox will attend a four-day residential seminar at UCL Institute of Education as well as taking part in a powerful and intensely-moving study visit to sites of the Holocaust in Warsaw and its environs.  This experience will allow us to collaborate with leading experts in Holocaust education, pedagogy, assessment and curriculum design in order to further develop the excellent practice that we have already established in our school. 

We will establish our own local Beacon School network, which will allow schools to attend CPD sessions and give us the opportunity to share the ideas and experiences that underpin our innovations.

Being chosen as a Beacon School is a real privilege.  We can empower our young people with deeper knowledge and the capacity for more critical thinking; help pupils to make genuine progress in their understanding of the Holocaust; become more independent and critical thinkers and construct meaning for themselves.

Mr Wilson

Assistant Headteacher Responsible for Teaching and Learning, and SEND