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Holocaust Educational Trust's 'Lessons from Auschwitz' Project
The Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) provides a privileged opportunity for two post-16 students to participate on their Lessons from Auschwitz Project. (LFA) Since 1999, remarkably more than 31,000 students and teachers from across the country have participated in this unique experience. The four-part course aims to educate about the events of the Holocaust and consider the lessons for today.
As a result of Government support and funding, they are able to offer places at a cost of just £59 per participant. The course is designed to have a ripple-effect, two students take part in what has been described as a “life-changing experience” (please see testimonials, attached) and then pass on the lessons they have learned to their peers and their wider community. This Next Steps stage of the programme is ASDAN accredited and for many students has provided a valuable addition for UCAS application and prospective employers. The Lessons from Auschwitz programme supports the requirements of the new Hertfordshire agreed syllabus for Religious Education.
The course is open to students aged 16-18 who must be able to attend and complete all of the following four stages:
- An Orientation seminar to learn about pre-war Jewish life, hear a Holocaust survivor’s testimony and prepare for the visit to Poland.
- A one-day visit to Poland where local experts guide students through the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum and Educators from the Trust lead group discussions.
- A Follow-up seminar at which participants reflect on their experiences, considering the contemporary lessons of the Holocaust and devise practical ways of passing on these lessons.
- The Next Steps project in which students pass on to their schools and communities the lessons they have learned.
We have enclosed their brochure with further details and dates for upcoming courses in our Hertfordshire region, as well as an application form and information regarding the simple application process. The project does not require additional work for teachers other than initial communication between students and HET.
Demand for places is always high and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis with priority given to state schools which have not participated before. A very limited number of places for teachers are also available.
In addition, limited grants are available to those who wish to apply for financial support towards their participation and the enclosed Travel Subsidy Application Form provides further information.
If you have any questions about any aspect of the course, please contact a member of the HET team by phoning 020 7222 4761 or emailing email@example.com
Lessons From Auschwitz Spring Term Brochure 2017
Feedback Lessons From Auschwitz
Farmington Fellowships 2017/2018
Farmington Fellowships for teachers of Religious Education and Headteachers
Hertfordshire SACRE commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day Added 15/12/2016
The Hertfordshire SACRE Holocaust commemoration event Tuesday 24th January has increased venue size for Tuesday 24th January 2017 to accommodate the high demand from schools for seating. The event is suitable for students from KS3-5, please note the extended RSVP date and apply for your school’s seats, on a first come first served basis, no later than Tuesday 10th January 2017.
HMD Invitation Letter
Jewish Living & Learning Experience
In partnership with the Judaism Education Project of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and funded by Herts SACRE, St Albans Cathedral is pleased to be hosting the Jewish Living & Learning Experience between
29th November - 13th December 2016.
The Pilgrim’s Progress
The Pilgrim’s Progress: A Curriculum for Schools is a comprehensive resource based on the bestselling book, The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1628 – 1688).
If you would like a pack and/or attend training in October, please see the attached information.
The Pilgrim’s Progress Flyer
Launch Letter to Schools - The Pilgrim’s Progress
Religious Education Quality Mark
The Hertfordshire SACRE extend congratulations to the Hertfordshire schools who have received the Religious Education Quality Mark. we are proud of the achievements of those who have placed a high emphasis and regard on the teaching of RE, and the place that it has within the wider community. The RE Quality Mark is an accreditation system which recognises good practice in Religious Education. Supported by The St Gabriel’s Trust and the Religious Education Council (REC), the REQM is designed to be a mechanism for whole school improvement in the delivery of RE. Schools can achieve the REQM at Bronze, Silver and Gold level, awarded following the successful visit of REQM assessors to the school. We are proud of the achievements of the following schools who have placed a high emphasis and regard on the teaching of RE, and the place that it has within the wider community.
Gold Award 2016
Cunningham Hill Junior School
St Andrew's C of E (V.C.) Primary School
St Michael's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School
St. Mary's Church of England Primary School
Gold Award 2015
Gold Award 2014
Broxbourne CE Primary School
St Dominic Catholic Primary School
St Michael's Church of England VA Primary School
Watford Grammar School for Girls
Silver Award 2016
St Nicholas C of E (VA) Primary School
St. Mary’s Church of England (VA) Primary School
Holy Trinity CE (VA) Primary School
Silver Award 2015
St Andrew's Church of England Primary School and Nursery
St Nicolas C of E (VA) Primary School
St Paul's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School
Bronze Award 2016
Central Primary School
Bronze Award 2015
Panshanger Primary School
The Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017-2022 front cover competition
The Hertfordshire SACRE would like to thank all the Hertfordshire teachers and students who entered the front cover competition for the Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017- 2022. The theme ‘Religion for Today and Tomorrow’ attracted hundreds of entries and they were all of a very high standard - we've really enjoyed looking at all the pictures that the children sent, a selection of which follows. A panel of RE professionals judged the competition and after much careful consideration chose 1 secondary school winner and 3 joint primary school winners. We are therefore delighted to announce that the following entries will be published on the front and back covers of the Hertfordshire Religious Education syllabus for the future which is due to be implemented in schools in September 2017.
There follows a selection of the judges favourite competition entries, congratulations to all those who took part:
Bishop’s Hatfield Girls School – Melody Cremer, Year 10, Age 14 (pdf)
Cunningham Hill Junior School – Megan Antonia Liddle, Year 6, Age 11 (pdf)
Chambersbury Primary School – Leo Snailham, Year 5, Age 9 (pdf)
Summerswood Primary School – Amarissa Sunday, Year 3, Age 7 (pdf)
Bushey Manor Junior School - Kasumi Foster, Age 8 (pdf)
Boxmoor Primary School - Lola Snell, Age 9 (pdf)
Chater Junior School - Andrei Makhoul, Age 10 (pdf)
Cunningham Infant School - Wouter De Vynck, Age 7 (pdf)
Goffs Oak Primary School - Chloe Constantine, Age 6 (pdf)
Galley Hill Primary & Nursery School - Owen, Age 10 (pdf)
Gaddesden Row JMI School - Paisley Thackeray, Age 10 (pdf)
High Beeches Primary School- Rosie Helsby, Age 11 (pdf)
Homerswood Primary & Nursery School - Jayden Newland, Y6 (pdf)
Millfield First & Nursery School - Ella May Rappa Markey, Age 8 (pdf)
Monksmead School - Emma Lujkaj, Age 8 (pdf)
Moss Bury Primary School & Nursery - Isabelle Norman, Age 11 (pdf)
Manland Primary School - Poppy Armstrong, Age 6 (pdf)
Orchard Primary School - Reka Kannadasan, Age 8 (pdf)
Panshanger Primary School - Isabella Smith, Age 8 (pdf)
Roundwood Primary School - Charlotte Woodhead, Age 9 (pdf)
Redbourn Infant & Nursery School - Charlotte Lucking-Firth, Age 7 (pdf)
St Peter's Primary School - Amy Nuthall, Age 9 (pdf)
St Catherine's School - Evie Mordecai, Age 9 (pdf)
St Paul's School - Jude Jewell, Age 10 (pdf)
St Andrews C of E JMI School - Kaia Phillips, Y5 (pdf)
St Michael's CE VA Primary School - Mary Johnstone, Age 10 (pdf)
St Meryl School - Nancie Carpenter, Age 9 (pdf)
St Mary's Primary School - Rosie Levene, Age 9 (pdf)
Townsend Church of England School - Eryn Meyers, Age 14 (pdf)
The Lea Primary School - Nathan Madd, Age 9 (pdf)
Watton at Stone Primary & Nursery School - Hannah Wood, Y6 (pdf)
Woodside Primary School - Holly Barnham, Age 9-10 (pdf)
Welwyn St Mary's Primary School - Janata Jasmine Purves, Age 11 (pdf)
Woodhall School - Khushi Doshi, Age 9 (pdf)
Watford Field Infant & Nursery School - Shreya, Age 7 (pdf)
Agreed syllabus for Religious Education – 2016 review!
Every five years a local authority has to review its agreed syllabus for Religious Education. The Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) will undertake this review for Hertfordshire schools. It is important that as many teachers as possible are involved in the consultation process so that the new Agreed Syllabus responds to the needs of Hertfordshire schools as well as meeting legal requirements. The new Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2017-2022, is due to be implemented in schools in September 2017.
All Community Schools and Foundation and Voluntary Schools without a religious character in the local authority are expected to fill it in the following survey:
For individual school self-evaluation of RE the Hertfordshire SACRE recommend that RE subject leaders access the excellent guidance provided, on the Religious Education Quality Mark (REQM) website. Schools do not need to be applying for the award to use the School Evidence Form provided in step 2:
Assessment in RE - FAQ's - Update from Herfordshire SACRE
Living Islam Workshop Assemblies
Imran is a qualified teacher and an outstanding classroom practitioner. He is qualified to lead Muslims in prayers and has extensive experience of teaching Islam to young people of all faiths and none. Imran served as head of a very successful multi-faith chaplaincy team as well as being the Imam and Muslim chaplain in Greater Manchester. Imran worked as an additional Ofsted inspector in 2014/15
For more information take a look at the flyer below:
Living Islam Workshop Flyer
Hertfordshire Collective Worship Monitoring: Evidence of Good Practice 2014
The Hertfordshire Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) is responsible for the ongoing monitoring and support of RE and Collective Worship in Hertfordshire schools.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all schools who participated in our 2014 online self-evaluation. Please find responses from Hertfordshire schools regarding Collective worship below these comments may provide useful prompts to schools reviewing their practice in Collective Worship. SACRE will publish a more detailed analysis in the 2013-2014 Annual Report.
World War 1 Christmas Truce Commemorations
The Northumbria and Newcastle Universities Martin Luther King Peace Committee have produced some teaching resources to help schools, churches and civic institutions mark the December 1914 Christmas truces.
The December 1914 Christmas Truces, when British, French and German soldiers stopped fighting to celebrate Christmas, exchange gifts, sing carols, and even play football, are one of the most extraordinary episodes in modern military history. They are worth teaching about not only because they are so remarkable and evocative, but because in recognising a common humanity that transcends even belligerent nations they can teach an important message that may otherwise be overlooked in the centennial commemorations.
The resource pack contains lesson plans, hand-outs, worksheets and PowerPoint slideshows for a range of subjects including history, English/literacy, geography, RE/PSE, art, PE and even cookery. It also contains complete outlines and materials for Christmas Truces-themed assemblies and school carol services. They are aimed primarily at Key Stage 2 and 3, but can be adapted for younger children and older students.
The resource pack is available to download below and further resources including powerpoints are available to download free from their website:
Christmas Truce Flyer
Martin Luther King Peace Committee website
SARETT - St Albans RE Teachers Together
Founded in October 2003, SARETT is a member of NATRE (National Association of Teachers of RE) and meets at least once a term to discuss, explore and develop the teaching of Primary RE.