Become a UCL Beacon School

UCL Beacon Schools in Holocaust Education

Applications for the 2017/18 programme are now closed.

Every year, the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education look to recruit 15 secondary schools in England committed to enhancing teaching and learning about the Holocaust.  UCL Beacon Schools in Holocaust Education will become dynamic hubs serving a network of local schools and will partner with the Centre to improve teaching standards, raise pupil achievement, and strengthen SMSC provision.

A Lead Teacher (who has completed our CPD programme) from each Beacon School will have the opportunity to attend an expenses-paid residential programme in central London (Autumn term) and an expenses-paid study visit to Warsaw (Spring term). They will develop a Scheme of Work specifically targeted at the needs of their pupils; the SMT will work with the lead teacher to make Holocaust education a priority and advocate to other schools for better Holocaust education.

What is the impact on pupil outcomes?

Watch more of our teachers and senior leaders talking about what it means to be a Beacon School

Please note, we can only offer secondary schools located in England a place on the Beacon School Programme.

What qualifies a school for Beacon School status?

It is important that each Beacon School identifies a dynamic Lead Teacher (who has completed our CPD) to take the initiative forward and coordinate Holocaust education at your school. The key aim for this teacher is to embed the Centre’s pedagogical approaches, teaching and learning materials into their schools, developing a Scheme of Work to evidence how this has been achieved.

A Beacon School will be committed to the view that the Holocaust is a critically important part of young people’s education while appreciating the complex challenges that the Holocaust raises as a school subject. Schools need to demonstrate an existing commitment to the importance of Holocaust education as well as a keenness to embrace creativity and innovation into their curriculum.

Schools chosen for the programme will not be expected already to have a standard of exemplary Holocaust education embedded into their school teaching and learning programme. The idea is that being on the Beacon School programme is a process rather than an end point. What is required is a commitment to increasing expertise and teaching standards to advanced levels.

If you have any questions about the Beacon School programme, please email:

Find out more about the work of our existing Beacon Schools

The Centre’s Beacon School Programme in Holocaust Education is made possible through the generous funding of the Pears Foundation, the Department for Education, and the Claims Conference.

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