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Empowering Young People to Change the World

"The Academy proudly hosted its third annual two-day 'Empowering Young People to Change the World' teachers conference on 28-29 April, thanks to the generous support of the Pears Foundation and the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education.

The conference sought to address an important gap in educational provision: empowering young people to safeguard the future by learning about the past, and champion holistic educational opportunities. It aimed to inform, engage, inspire and empower - and boasting regional, national and international contributors - we achieved our goal!

We championed SEND, Pupil Premium, global education, curriculum, teacher talk, leadership, citizenship, PSHE, refugee education, SMSC, rights respecting schools, mental health and well- being of both staff and students, we talked about the challenges and the strategies that would serve to inspire and empower young people to be informed, empathetic and active global citizens. It was a fabulous gathering of committed educators - check out this wonderful blog by one conference delegate:

#EYP2CTW I was so inspired by the 2016 conference that I decided to write a new style of PSHE to address the issue of empowering youn...

On the Friday evening, we gathered at the Wiltshire Golf Club for our #EYP2CtW Gala and Awards dinner which recognised the students, staff, partner organisations, survivors and colleagues in the field - a truly moving and inspirational evening attended by proud parents, awardees, staff, conference speakers, delegates, and representatives of the governors, the Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett, major organisations - like UCL Centre for Holocaust Education - represented along with a colleague from Number 10 Downing Street.

Along with the wonderful awardees - citations attached - RWBA was presented with its UCL Beacon School Quality Mark award by Prof Stuart Foster and we publicly acknowledged our own Miss Wetherall for her MBE.

None of the above would be possible without the support of Mr Croxford, Mr Paddock, who hosted superbly, and the admin and logistics support of Mrs Hayden. Thanks to everyone else who contributed to a very special and successful two days.

The conference and awards evening are proof that holistic education is as vital and compelling as the pursuit of academic excellence. The citations speak for themselves - this sort of education and engagement with the past, serves our present and future best.

It was a powerful and compelling two days - looking forward to next year already!