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How much does the CPD cost?
The CPD is delivered free of any fees. We are also aware that school budgets for CPD are limited and so, as well as being free of charge, the workshops are being made available in different cities across England in order to make help keep any transport costs which you may incur to a minimum. Materials online are also provided free of charge.
Is the CPD in Holocaust Education for me?
If you are a teacher in a state secondary or middle school in England then the programme is open to you.
Whatever your current level of historical knowledge, confidence and expertise, the programme has been carefully designed to allow you to tailor your CPD experience to your particular needs.
Our research shows that many school teachers have studied the Holocaust and are very knowledgeable about this history; others feel that it is important for young people to learn about the Holocaust but have not specialised in this field and would value more support in developing their own understanding, to be more confident in exploring the subject with their students.
The CPD programme takes account of this range of knowledge and experience in teaching about the Holocaust.
However, we are keen to work with and support all educators in the field and may be able to offer you tailored workshops and/or training for your specific needs - please email us for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a local authority advisor, how can you support me?
The IOE is the leading educational research institution in England. The expert staff in the IOE's Centre for Holocaust Education are keen to work with LA advisors and deliver short CPD programmes in the advisor's region. After an advisor has participated in our CPD we will devise and deliver a programme, for free, at a date, place and time of your choosing, all you will need to do is ensure a group of your colleagues are there. Please email us for further information at email@example.com
I am a PGCE/ITE tutor, how can you support me?
The IOE is the leading educational research institution in England and the only organisation offering research informed teacher education on the theme of the Holocaust. We work with PGCE/ITE providers across England and deliver day long programmes for trainee teachers, raising the current issues in the field, as well as providing practical and useable classroom content. From our ITE programmes, trainees can progress to our full CPD and ultimately apply for our MA module. We will work with you to devise a full day programme, for free, at a date, place and time of your choosing. Please email us for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I enrol for the free CPD?
You can register for the CPD programme by clicking on the Registration button on the left hand side. Please provide your contact details and indicate your preferred CPD course date. Dates can be modified after registration. You will need to confirm your place on the CPD within 10 days of registering for your chosen course.
How do I confirm my place on the CPD?
Within 10 days of choosing your course venue and date, you will need to confirm your place on the CPD with a letter from a member of your schools' SMT. Places on the CPD are given strictly on a first confirmed / first served basis.
A template for this letter is provided once you have selected your course and needs to be returned by email to:
OR by post to:
Professor Stuart Foster
Centre for Holocaust Education (Room 945)
Institute of Education, University of London
20 Bedford Place
London WC1H 0AL
How do I access the IOE's free educational materials?
Once we have received the letter from your SMT confirming your place on the CPD programme you will then be able to access and make use of the IOE's educational resources, including preparatory materials for the CPD. As you progress through the programme, further teaching and learning materials will be made available to you for use in your school.
The CPD Programme
How much time will the CPD require of me?
The CDP programme allows you to choose how much time and energy you wish to invest. At a minimum you may simply attend the first day of workshops and use these free resources in your classroom. You are encouraged to attend the second day of workshops or you may wish to explore the online materials and update your subject knowledge; or go further to actively participate in the online discussion forum.
You can select the most appropriate development to suit your own professional needs. Whichever path you choose, once you have completed the CPD you will have unlimited access to the dynamic set of online materials and resources.
What kinds of questions will the CPD address with teachers?
Many challenging pedagogical issues face teachers as their students encounter the Holocaust. The CPD will explore a range of important questions which are outlined in the challenges and opportunities section.
How will the CPD help my school?
The programme will support a whole-school approach to learning, ensuring clear links between history, religious education, citizenship and other subject areas, and will help teachers address issues of diversity, and social cohesion. Students will be supported with the highest quality teaching and learning materials that address different personal learning and thinking styles.
What is the online discussion forum?
Recognising that one of the greatest resources available to the CPD participants is the full community of participants, we also invite you to share your own approaches and experiences of teaching or of using our materials with your students with others through our online community. It is a place where programme participants can share challenges and solutions, materials, experiences and expertise with colleagues working in classrooms across the country.
Holocaust education in general
Why choose the IOE over other organisations?
The IOE is the only place in England that has undertaken national research into teacher aims, approaches and attitudes towards Holocaust education. It is the only place in the world to deliver a newly devised programme focussed on addressing the issues raised by the research. Added to this, the materials are accessible and free for teachers to use in their schools.
What are pupils asking about the Holocaust?
Young people encountering the history of the Holocaust often ask searching questions about the past, about our world, and about human behaviour.
The IOE's Centre for Holocaust Education CPD programme will help you to support your students as they search for answers to these and other challenging questions.
Why is there so much emphasis on teaching about the Holocaust?
The Holocaust was one of the most significant events of the twentieth century and research shows that an overwhelming number of teachers believe it will always be important to learn about this history. Despite this, some students receive as little as one hour learning about the Holocaust and many teachers say that they find it difficult to teach about the Holocaust effectively.
What about other genocides?
Learning about the Holocaust is essential to any understanding of the concept of genocide. The term ‘genocide’ did not exist before the Second World War and was coined in response to the Nazi crimes. The subsequent war crimes trials and the 1948 UN Genocide Convention are the foundation of international attempts to prevent and punish genocide. How the Holocaust relates to other genocides and crimes against humanity is therefore an important part of our professional development programme.
What is the role of the Institute of Education (IOE), University of London?
The Institute of Education (IOE) is a world-renowned international institution specialising in educational practice, theory and policy. Its core mission is to advance knowledge and understanding through empirical research; to provide high quality postgraduate and continuing professional development (CPD) programmes; and to pursue excellence in teacher education nationally and internationally;
The IOE has a larger concentration of educational researchers of international quality and reputation than any other institution in the UK, producing ideas that are at the forefront of education which inform all taught programmes. The IOE's academic staff have significant personal experience working in educational settings, and their hands-on knowledge of teaching and learning is constantly informed by partnerships with schools;
The Centre for Holocaust Education is located in the IOE's Faculty of Culture and Pedagogy, which draws together the largest group of specialists in teaching and learning, and is the largest initial teacher training (ITT) programme for secondary education in the UK; some 200 staff teach 1,200 new teachers across the secondary curriculum each year. The IOE offers the widest and richest range of professional development programmes for education in the country, and draws together outstanding research centres across the fields of Language development, Citizenship, History, Religious, and Social Science education. As a result, the IOE has enormous expertise in teacher education and CPD to draw on and the potential to impact the professional knowledge of teachers in profound and important ways;
The IOE is based and operates in the heart of London – one of the most vibrant, dynamic and culturally diverse cities in the world. The IOE reflects and contributes to this diversity. Its cultural community draws students from 100 countries and serves and responds to the needs of an ever-expanding multicultural, multi-faith, and multilingual educational community. The IOE's Centre for Holocaust Education will, through its programmes and initiatives, reach out to and embrace this diverse community in sensitive, inclusive and thoughtful ways. This is a unique opportunity to make a significant difference: a programme for Holocaust education in a world leading institution addressing one of the most pressing questions of all; how to teach about and learn from the twentieth century Holocaust in the culturally diverse world of the twenty-first century.