Beacon School in Holocaust Education
Selby High School has the fantastic opportunity this year to be a Beacon School in Holocaust Education, one of only 20 in the country that have the support and funding of the Institute of Education in London, no.1 for Education Worldwide in current rankings. Beacon Schools, supported by the Holocaust Education Department, serve as dynamic hubs co-ordinating a network of local schools, helping them to develop confidence, proficiency and excellence in Holocaust teaching and learning.
Each year, lead teachers from 20 schools participate in a fully-funded residential seminar at the IOE and a study visit to Warsaw. These Beacon Schools have the opportunity to draw upon IOE resources, expertise and support to develop new Schemes of Work for teaching about the Holocaust, which are shared with other schools in their region. This year Mrs Minton from the History Department will be the lead teacher for Selby High and will be using the Guidance and training of the IOE to support other schools across the region in developing the way that they teach the holocaust. The holocaust is taught in year 8 at Selby High and is something that students gain a huge amount from, not only in terms of knowledge but also in terms of their moral development. This scheme is set to provide even more diverse opportunities to develop students’ learning of this very difficult topic.