Continuity and Change: 10 years of teaching about the Holocaust in English Secondary Schools (2018-ongoing)

In November 2018, the Centre launched its latest research, Continuity and Change: 10 years of teaching about the Holocaust in English Secondary Schools. This research builds on the Centre’s landmark study, published in 2009, Teaching about the Holocaust in English Secondary Schools: An empirical study of national trends, perspectives and practice.

The 2009 study was ground breaking for developing the field of Holocaust education and informing the Centre’s CPD courses. However, it is now a decade old and we know things have changed – both in Holocaust education, and in schools more broadly.

Continuity and Change: 10 years of teaching about the Holocaust in English Secondary Schools explores the current landscape of Holocaust education in England, finding out about teachers’ aims, definitions, content, pedagogy, assessment, knowledge, understanding and curriculum planning. The research draws on a national survey, interviews, and focus groups, open to teachers of any subject whose teaching involves content related to the Holocaust. Data collection concluded in August 2019, and we are currently analysing and interpreting the vast and fascinating data we have gathered.

This research is critical to determine how teaching has developed over the last 10 years, the ongoing and new challenges teachers face when delivering this complex subject, and how the Centre can continue to support teachers and positively impact on teaching and learning.

We want to say a huge thank you to all the teachers who completed the survey and took part in interviews and focus groups. Your contributions will enable us to continue to advance Holocaust education and ensure our professional develop programmes carry on being informed by the very latest research findings and are responsive to classroom needs and the challenges that teachers face.

We will start to release findings from this research in early 2020, so keep checking the website for further information.

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