Call to extend Holocaust education to more subjects than just history

More should be done to extend the reach of teacher training on the Holocaust to subjects other than history – including English, drama and PSHE.

The call has come from MPs on the Education Select Committee who also warn that not enough teachers are receiving Holocaust education training.

The MPs’ report has been published this week to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day, which takes place annually on January 27.

MPs praised what they describe as a “wealth of good practice and enthusiasm” in Holocaust education. Their report states: “Teachers are taking students beyond facts to a deeper understanding of what it means to be an active and informed citizen.”

However, too few teachers, particularly history teachers, are being trained to teach the Holocaust they warn – with MPs referencing research from 2009 showing that 80 per cent of teachers of the Holocaust are self-taught.

Register now, read forever

Thank you for visiting SecEd and reading some of our content for professionals in secondary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcast

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday and Thursday


Already have an account? Sign in here