Ounsdale is a Beacon School

Ounsdale successfully bid for Beacon School status with the Centre for Holocaust Education which operates under the aegis of University College London. The Centre for Holocaust Education was established as part of the Institute of Education in 2008 (UCL Institute of Education was ranked first for education in the 2014 QS World Rankings; it was also rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted on all criteria at every level for initial teacher training). Its Centre for Holocaust Education combines extensive research into classroom needs with a teacher development programme and effective educational resources specifically designed to meet these challenges. This is the first time anywhere in the world that a Holocaust education programme has been so responsive to actual classroom needs

Each year, the Centre for Holocaust Education works intensively with 20 secondary schools across England. Comprising a four day residential seminar in London; a teacher study visit to sites of the Holocaust in Poland; free CPD for school staff; exceptional teaching and learning materials; the development of school cluster groups; and ongoing support from the world’s leading university for education, this is one of the most ambitious school development programmes in England. All aspects of the programme are provided to schools free of charge, including hotels, flights, excursions, meals, CPD, venues, and university expertise and consultancy, due to generous funding by Pears Foundation, Department for Education, and the Claims Conference.

The 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. Developing this area of the school curriculum has also been shown to have significant benefits for broader educational goals, for pupil engagement and achievement, and for teaching and learning across a range of subject disciplines. The programme seeks:

• To raise the status of Holocaust education in schools, embedding it within schools’ ethos and ensuring it becomes a priority area in the curriculum.

• To support schools in the development of more powerful Schemes of Work, linking aims, outstanding educational resources and advanced pedagogical approaches to clearer understandings about pupil progress and robust forms of assessment.

• To demonstrate the value of teaching and learning about the Holocaust to broader educational values such as SMSC; Global Learning; active, democratic citizenship; and pupils’ development of independent and critical thinking.

• To create Beacon Schools that serve as dynamic hubs within school networks, models of how good teaching and learning about the Holocaust can make a major contribution to young people’s education.

This is an opportunity for our schools to partner with the world’s leading university for education, to raise the quality of learning and expectations in our schools, helping our students to become more engaged in their own learning and more independent, critical thinkers.

A brief summary of the next steps is below:

  • As part of the Beacon School programme Ounsdale partners the Centre in offering a full day of professional development to staff from our school and our network schools during the academic year 2015-16. CHE’s full day CPD is called ‘Unpacking the Holocaust’.  Please visit http://www.holocausteducation.org.uk/courses-events/cpd-courses/ for full details of the day. For us this will be Monday November 2 2015.
  • Once new SOLs, lesson plans & resources have been developed, each of the 20 Beacon Schools share their Schemes of Work, approaches and materials with the partner schools in its locality, ensuring that a further 100+ schools across the country directly benefit.
  • There are also other voluntary twilight INSET sessions that can be run by the CHE as additional more subject-specific INSET – which again will be free to network participants.
  • We are also planning a trip for staff and sixth formers to Krakow & Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2016.

P Ginnings, Lead Teacher for delivery of the Beacon School in Holocaust Education programme

Ounsdale High School

Tel: 01902 89217

Email: ginningsp@ounsdale.staffs.sch.uk

Launch Event Invictus VI

We would like to invite you to our exciting brand new Sixth Form launch event taking place on 20th October 2015 at Himley Hall between 6:00 – 9:00pm.


Invictus Sixth Form will bring together the very best in teaching, learning and achievement from Ellowes Hall, Crestwood, Ounsdale and Kinver High Schools together with the social and enrichment opportunities of the best FE Colleges.

The event has three presentations taking place in the main hall, one at 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 8:00pm.  You will also have the opportunity to view the courses on offer at each campus in separate rooms throughout the evening.

For more information please call 01902 891701 and ask to speak to Miss J Kendrick Director of Invictus Sixth Form or email kendrickj@ounsdale.staffs.sch.uk

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