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Teaching About the Holocaust in English Secondary Schools: An empirical study of national trends, perspectives and practice 

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This research was commissioned by The Pears Foundation and the Department for Children, 
Schools and Families (DCSF). The aims were to examine when, where, how and why the 
Holocaust is taught in state-maintained secondary schools in England, and to inform the 
design and delivery of a continuing professional development (CPD) programme for teachers 
who teach about the Holocaust. A two-phase mixed methodology was employed. This 
comprised an online survey which was completed by 2,108 respondents and follow-up 
interviews with 68 teachers in 24 different schools throughout England. 
The research reveals that teachers adopt a diverse set of approaches to this challenging and 
complex subject. In the report, teachers’ perceptions, perspectives and practice are presented 
and a range of challenges and issues encountered by teachers across the country are explicitly 
identified. The research shows that, although most teachers believe that it is important to 
teach about the Holocaust, very few have received specialist professional development in this 
area. It also shows that many teachers find it a difficult and complicated subject to teach, and 
that they both want and need support to better equip them to teach about the Holocaust 
effectively. 
The report is the largest endeavour of its kind in the UK in both scope and scale. The authors 
hope it will be of considerable value to all those concerned with the advancement and 
understanding of Holocaust education both in the UK and internationally 

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978-1-905351-11-4

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Teaching About the Holocaust in English Secondary Schools: An empirical study of national trends, perspectives and practice 

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Andrews, Kay, Foster, Stuart, Lenga, Ruth-Anne, Pettigrew, Alice, Salmons, Paul Teaching About the Holocaust in English Secondary Schools: An empirical study of national trends, perspectives and practice . Holocaust Education Development Programme, Institute of Education, University of London . 2009:  https://archive.jpr.org.uk/object-uk114