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Holocaust Education Trust


Each year we deliver free half-day or full-day continuing professional development (CPD) workshops to primary and secondary teachers across the UK. Our educational programmes are supported by a range of free guidance materials, lesson plans and resources. Our bespoke teacher training workshops are delivered free of charge, we only ask organisations to cover travel (and where necessary accommodation) for an Education Officer to come out from London.

The national curriculum in England requires schools to teach religious education to all key stages. However, when teaching the Holocaust as part of the Religious Studies curriculum it is important to ensure that the event is not presented as the defining feature of the Jewish people, or as an act of religious as opposed to racial intolerance.

Relevant topics which might be taught through the Religious Studies curriculum include:

  • Reactions to suffering and faith after the Holocaust for survivors as well as liberators.
  • The experiences of non-Jewish victims of Nazi persecution.
  • Exploring some of the complex moral and ethical dilemmas raised by the Holocaust and the challenges of employing terms such as 'perpetrator' and 'bystander'.
  • The history and development of antisemitism.
  • Holocaust Theology and the Problem of Evil.
  • The motivations of rescuers and the complex issue of rescue.

Our free full-day or half-day CPD workshops can provide teachers in your network with an introduction to Holocaust history and pedagogy, or can build on prior learning to explore some of the specific topics outlined above.

The Trust also offers a range of free multi-day residential programmes for teachers. We welcome applications from primary and secondary teachers and trainees on all of these courses.

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for all of our residential courses taking place during the 2018-19 academic year. For further information on these courses, and application forms please visit https://www.het.org.uk/education/teacher-training/intensive-cpd-courses

Please note that applications for our upcoming Teacher Study Visit to Berlin close on Tuesday 11 September 2018.

If you have questions about these or any other of our programmes, or if you would like to book a teacher training workshop for your institution, please contact TeacherCPD@het.org.uk.

Best wishes,

Dr Jenny Carson and Cat Kirkland,

Education Officers – Teacher Training

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