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Transforming Holocaust education in English schools

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The United Kingdom has launched one of the most far-reaching and ambitious programmes of teacher professional development in Holocaust education existing in the world today.

The Holocaust Education Development Programme (HEDP) undertook landmark research that provides a more comprehensive empirical portrait of Holocaust education in England's secondary schools than has ever existed before, and has launched a free national programme of teacher professional development designed to address directly the issues and challenges identified by this research.

The HEDP is part of the world-renowned Institute of Education, a graduate college of the University of London, which is the United Kingdom's leading institute for educational practice, theory, and policy.

Offered free of charge to every state secondary school in England, this groundbreaking programme of professional development has the potential to transform how the Holocaust is taught and learned in English schools.

The research report is the largest endeavour of its kind in the United Kingdom and it is hoped that it will be of considerable value to all those concerned with the advancement and understanding of Holocaust education in the UK and internationally.

Click here for a summary of the key findings.

The full research report 'Teaching about the Holocaust in English Secondary Schools: An empirical study of national trends, perspectives and practice' can be found on the Research section of the HEDP's website,

The HEDP is jointly funded by the UK government's Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Pears Foundation, with the support of the Holocaust Educational Trust.