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Award to Midlands school trust for Holocaust project

The Echo Eternal project was inspired by survivor testimonies


 A Birmingham multi-academy trust has won a national award for a programme inspired by the testimony of Holocaust survivors.

The Core Education Trust received a silver award in this year’s Pearson National Teaching Awards for its Echo Eternal project.

Now it will compete for one of 14 gold awards in a programme which is due to be broadcast by the BBC later this year.

Echo Eternal drew its inspiration from a series of interviews with survivors conducted by the TV presenter Natasha Kaplinsky for the Holocaust Memorial Foundation five years ago.

Students are encouraged to engage with “living history”, creatively exploring it through film, live performance and exhibitions. They have taken their work into the wider community, including exhibiting in Coventry Cathedral.

The project has extended beyond the trust’s own schools and involved 20 schools including some in Coventry.

At a ceremony due to be attended by Ms Kaplinsky this week, Sana Hanif, a year-11 student from Rockwood School was honoured as the project’s inaugural Eternal Flames Fellow in recognition of her exceptional contribution.


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