Nicola Wetherall, MBE

Schools Network Coordinator

Nicola Wetherall continues to work at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy (RWBA) in Wiltshire whilst working within the teaching team at the Centre. She combines her academic background in Holocaust Education and Genocide Studies with her classroom practice, seeking a fusion of academic rigour and holistic learning experience.

Nic has taught for 10 years in state secondary schools. At RWBA she has established a unique whole school, holistic programme of Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education (HGP) that has proven hugely successful and garnered national and international recognition. This has led to the innovation and development of a thriving RWBA family and community outreach programme which promotes community cohesion, literacy and active global citizenship. The programme hosts annual events and conferences and advocates innovative teaching and learning in this area whilst providing opportunities for students to engage with survivors and respected experts in the field of Holocaust Studies and genocide prevention.

Nic's commitment to this programme and her Lead Practitioner role means that despite having joined the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education teaching team in 2013 she remains on staff at RWBA on a part-time basis, and continues to champion and develop RWBA's UCL Beacon School status and its 52 associated network schools.

Nic was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours 2017, recognising her services to Holocaust Education, Genocide Prevention and Human Rights Education.

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Nicola Wetherall, MBE

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Nic’s 'on the ground' understanding of current educational challenges and opportunities means she is best placed in her UCL role to liaise with strategic partners, teachers and senior leaders as she able to both theorise and know what practically works in a demanding school environment.

Her role as Schools Network Co-ordinator involves leading outreach to Teaching Schools and other educational networks and partnerships, raising awareness of the professional development programmes offeredby the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education and exploring innovative ways in which the Centre can support and engage with colleagues embarking upon teaching this important, challenging and complex history in the classroom.

As a Religious Education specialist Nic is keen to explore theological and other responses to the Holocaust and its many ethical and philosophical questions. She is especially interested in exploring ways of connecting study of the Holocaust to modern day and current genocides and acts of mass violence.

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