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Students teach peers about the life of Anne Frank

Students at Grange Technology College are learning valuable lessons about one of the darkest stories in history as the The Anne Frank Trust briought it’s mobile exhibition to the school in January.  This exhibition was student led and saw chosen students develop their understanding of an important historical figure whilst improving their ability to work in teams, as well as developing their debating, critical thinking, communication and presentation skills. 

On their first day back after Christmas, a team of twenty year 8, 9 and 10 student ambassadors attended a workshop where they were trained to guide their peers around the exhibition.  Then, from Monday 9th January all of Grange’s year 7 and 8 students were given tours, led by teams of ambassadors during their Religious Studies lessons.  Each student received a booklet to complete during the tour, which was followed up in a history lesson later in the week to reaffirm their learning. 

This event forms part of the wider Stand Up, Speak Out, Make a Difference (SUSOMAD) programme, run by Cohesion Bradford, the part of Bradford Council responsible for promoting Equality, Diversity & Community Cohesion through education in schools and beyond.  The programme will visit schools around the city and incorporates aspects of Citizenship, History and English as well as addressing issues relating to British values. 

The group were also visited by Miss Mander during their training who told the story of her own family links to a survivor of the holocaust.

Shazia Khan, Lead teacher said: “The student ambassadors have been amazing throughout this programme. They had to take in, learn and communicate a lot of information, some of which was new.  They showed so much passion, did some great analysis and there was a lot of discussion, all of which was respectful, inspirational and full of eagerness to learn more.”

Year 8 student ambassador Mevish Abbas said:  I’m glad I have been chosen to represent my school and my year group in the Anne Frank exhibition. This has been a learning opportunity for me and my confidence has grown considerably.”

Year 8 student and Ambassador Zaid Patel said: “I've enjoyed taking a deeper look into the history of Ann Frank. I particularly love the mysteries of her story.”

Geraldine Cooper, Interim Head of Diversity and Cohesion at Bradford Council, who trained the ambassadors said: “The ambassadors from Grange have been amazing. I relayed an enormous amount information and their deep questioning and comments proved the value of these exhibitions in challenging controversy in schools.  I had a fantastic day at Grange and wish the ambassadors all the best in their presenting.”

We were delighted to see this story featuring in the Telegraph & Argus Family Matters section on Tuesday 10th January.  You can read the article here.