UCL publishes report praising Rockwood Academy for Holocaust education

Wednesday 24th February 2021

We are proud to announce that UCL have published their official report on our work promoting Holocaust education. The report explains why they decided to award us with their prestigious Quality Mark, as announced in 2020.

You can read the report on their website: link

This Quality Mark has been awarded to us by UCL’s Centre for Holocaust Education. We are particularly honoured to have achieved this award and gone through the accreditation process whilst in lockdown, with all the extra challenges that this creates. The dedication and commitment of Rockwood staff and students alike is highlighted in the report. UCL Centre for Holocaust Education state:

“we were inspired and learned so much from this Quality Mark experience, and are grateful and humbled by all those who contributed to such a vibrant and memorable day.”

In particular, three members of staff were mentioned in the review: Mr Singh, Mr Malik and Ms Darr. Mr Singh was described as a “reflective and committed Holocaust educator, [a] gifted teacher and aspiring middle leader, determined to develop Beacon School status.”

The Centre’s Nicola Wetherall MBE remarked: “It was an absolute pleasure to virtually visit Rockwood Academy and learn more about your impressive provision for and quality teaching and learning about the Holocaust and your innovative and ambitious commitment to develop genocide education. That despite a global pandemic, a school in lockdown, its staff were agile enough to ensure innovative, quality Holocaust teaching and learning only demonstrates the utter commitment to and regard felt for the value of Holocaust education.  The outstanding online lesson observed was evidence that would counter concern regards whether meaningful Holocaust learning would/could/should be possible online or appropriate remotely. This Quality Mark is richly deserved recognition of your collective efforts: the support of a passionate and gifted senior leader, curriculum leadership of a talented practitioner and middle leader – all in a spirit of openness and collegiality – in a school where relationships and personal development matters. Thank you to the students who spoke so eloquently and openly about their learning and to the staff and senior leaders who gave me precious time to reflect upon the impact of their work. Together, Rockwood Academy students and staff, have and are achieving so much. You should be very proud, congratulations to you all on this award.”

We would like to thank absolutely everyone who got involved in Echo Eternal, the Horizons Festival and Holocaust education, both staff and students, for your wonderful contributions and help. We would not have got here without your help.