From this month onwards, Peace will be firmly at the top of the timetable at Sidcot School. Jackie Bagnall has been appointed Founding Director of Peace and Global Studies and will be taking up this new role at the Quaker school this week (6th January 2014). This is, says Headmaster Iain Kilpatrick, the next logical step for the school, which encourages students to seek peaceful means of resolving conflict, to value others, live simply, care for the environment and to speak up for their beliefs.
Mr Kilpatrick said: “The new Director of Peace and Global Studies will be influencing every area of the curriculum and school life. We live in times where conflict is in evidence not just on the world stage, but closer to home in the very towns and cities where we live. I am conscious it is our responsibility as a school to educate young people to be responsible and thoughtful citizens who have a global perspective and respect other cultures, religions and beliefs”.
“It could not be more relevant than in 2014 when we are remembering those who were involved in World War One. Many who gave their lives were little older than our Sixth Form students today. I want our students to leave Sidcot feeling they can be agents for change and make the world a better, more peaceful place”.
Jackie Bagnall joins Sidcot from the University of Exeter where she was a Senior Lecturer in Leadership, teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She has recently been part of a small team which designed a radical new MBA degree at the Business School, delivered in partnership with WWF, which challenged the way future leaders are educated. The One Planet MBA is the only one of its kind and has secured many awards for changing the face of management education.
Ms Bagnall said “My vision is to educate and develop children to go forward with confidence as leaders to pursue truth and integrity, as peacemakers who understand justice and equality are essential to harmony and that simplicity is an important part of achieving sustainability. I am excited to be joining the team at Sidcot and building on the foundations of this wonderful school”.
The role of Peace and Global Studies Director is part-funded by the Sir James Reckitt Charity.