A Holocaust Beacon School delivers high quality education to pupils about the Holocaust. Malet Lambert is one of a small number of schools across the country (22 as of September 2021) to be chosen as a Holocaust Beacon School. The school will work closely with University College London, a top rated university for education, to enhance pupils understanding of the Holocaust.
Unfortunately, cases of antisemitism are on the rise in England and indeed around the world. Only recently, it was announced that extremists groups were targeting video chat calls on popular games such as Minecraft and Roblox. During lockdown in 2020, there were incidents across our city of anti-semitic graffiti. This only highlights the need to have discussions with young people and challenge these extremist views.
As a Beacon School, we will not only be enhancing pupils' knowledge of the Holocaust but also skills in investigation, discussion and written work. It gives pupils an opportunity to inquire, ask questions and challenge important issues that face them. This not only includes the Holocaust but also other issues around racism, discrimination and inequality.
Over this year, the Holocaust and the lessons that can be learnt from it will be embedded across the Malet Lambert curriculum. This will give pupils the opportunity to not only increase their knowledge of the Holocaust, but to ask questions and learn to challenge discrimination when they see it. Pupils can expect to see the following in their lessons:
For Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th January, as a school we will be using the day to reflect on the events of the Holocaust and to educate pupils on why it is important to challenge hatred when they see it.
You can find more information about the UCL's Centre for Holocaust Education on their website.