Impact and Evaluation

The research team oversee work to evaluate the Centre’s CPD programme and conduct studies to explore the impact of the programme on teaching and learning. A brief summary is presented on this page, but more information can be found here.

Evaluation of the CPD programme

Since 2009 more than 12,000 teachers have participated in the Centre’s professional development programmes for teachers.  We know that 100% of teachers rated the CPD as either excellent (87%) or good (13%), and that and 99% of teachers said they would recommend the CPD to their colleagues. Teachers have told us:

“Making the Holocaust accessible to KS3 students is no easy feat. It is a harder feat to do so whilst still also maintaining great sensitivity and compassion. This CPD, in both its resources and its delivery, achieved both those feats exceptionally well.”

“Excellent resources and a very new, fresh and visual way of teaching the Holocaust. It made me think about how I teach more generally in many areas.”

To find out more about the Centre’s CPD programme, click here.

Evaluation of the Beacon School Programme

The Centre’s Beacon School Programme, a nationally recognised and government-supported award, is significant in improving teaching standards, raising pupil achievement, and strengthening spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision. To date, 138 schools across England have become Beacon Schools, partnering with a network of over 800 local schools to improve Holocaust Education, and positively impacting on around 800,000 students each year.

We evaluate the impact of the Beacon School programme to more closely understand how teachers and schools develop schemes of work and lesson plans focused on the Holocaust. We recognise that each teacher’s experience will be different and through the use of surveys, interviews and focus groups, this evaluation has helped us to gain more insight into these diverse experiences. For example, Beacon School teachers have told us:

“I thought I’d get some resources out of [the Beacon School Programme] and be able to understand the subject better. The reality was that it transformed the way I appreciate, understand and teach the Holocaust.”

“The Beacon School Programme has improved my teaching, made me more reflective and is the best CPD I have ever received (after 15 years of teaching). The programme focuses on the whole package: subject knowledge and pedagogy – I don’t think I have ever been on a CPD programme that does both at the same time. I look forward to continuing to share your work and working with you all in the future.”

To find out more about the Centre’s Beacon School programme, click here.

Impact on teaching and learning

Since 2016, we have worked closely with schools to explore the impact of the Centre’s CPD programme on teaching and learning. This involves students completing surveys about their knowledge of the Holocaust and comparing their responses with the data collected from the Centre’s 2016 national survey where schools had not worked with the Centre or delivered the Centre’s educational programme.  The analysis shows a consistent trend, with students who have participated in the Centre’s programme demonstrating far more knowledge than was found in the national sample. For example:

  • 21.4% of Key Stage 3 students in the national sample knew what the term antisemitism refers to, and this compares to 91% of students who have taken part in the Centre’s programme
  • 47.2% of Key Stage 3 students in the national sample knew how many Jewish people were killed during the Holocaust, and this compares to 86% who have taken part in the Centre’s programme

We also explore students’ knowledge, attitudes and experiences of learning about the Holocaust through open ended survey questions and focus groups. Students who have participated in the Centre’s programme have told us:

“Learning about the Holocaust affects you personally, like my morals have changed I think. When you learn about the stories it affects you personally that I would never want to be that prejudiced against anyone in our community.”

“I liked that the lessons were in-depth and made me think, instead of just giving the answer. It also gave me a better understanding of the Holocaust.”

“I enjoyed the interactivity of the scheme of work, it was not just the teacher speaking from a PowerPoint we did most of the discoveries ourselves. I found the individual stories most interesting because it gave you a sense of what actually happened not just figures and statistics.”

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“The programme has challenged my personal conceptions of the Holocaust and how I was teaching it. It was kind of eye opening really. It's one of those things where I can't believe I've not really considered these issues before.”

Phil, History Teacher