Five schools across Scotland have been recognised for their good practice in Holocaust education at a special online event, on Thursday 11 February 2021.
Alva Academy, Chryston High, Gryffe High, and Mearns Castle High have been awarded level one status, with Barrhead High School in East Renfrewshire awarded the prestigious level two award of the programme.
The initiative is delivered by Vision Schools Scotland, a partnership launched in 2017 between University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and the Holocaust Educational Trust, which is funded by the Association of Jewish Refugees and the Gordon Cook Foundation.
A Vision School is one committed to the view that learning about the Holocaust is a vital part of young people’s education. To receive the award, schools must demonstrate their existing commitment to the importance of Holocaust education and to developing teacher knowledge to ensure continued expertise in this subject matter.
The Programme embeds responsible citizenship at its core, a key principle of Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence, as it encourages effective and sustained school-based Holocaust Education.
The celebratory event held at the Scottish Parliament was hosted by Jackie Baillie MSP, the Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, alongside Jackson Carlaw MSP. Guest speakers included Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Mr John Swinney, as well as barrister and broadcaster, Robert Rinder, who hosts the reality courtroom series, Judge Rinder.