What does the CPD cover?
"Made me think a lot more deeply about the issues. Will help me with students in terms of the idea that complex/messy is okay: we do not have to come up with simple answers." English teacher, Birmingham
The CPD programme consists of two full days of workshops, discussion, reflection and modelling of practical classroom activities, outlined below. The first day (Critical issues in Holocaust education) focuses primarily on how to incorporate the voice of the victims of genocide, giving access to powerful first-person accounts and case studies. An optional second day considers the motivation of perpetrators, collaborators, bystanders, rescuers, and resisters, and explores the continuing legacy and significance of the Holocaust in the modern world.
Authentic encounters - a search for meaning in the past
"Excellent way of making history personal and getting students to ask questions" History teacher, London
How can we capture students' interest in the Holocaust? How can we move young people without shocking or traumatising them? Engaging approaches to generate students' own enquiry questions and to motivate them to want to discover more about the Holocaust.
Pre war life
"Fantastic ideas; will definitely develop this into our scheme of work" History teacher, London
How is it possible to understand the significance of genocide if we do not appreciate what was lost? Challenging and engaging ideas for exploring the vibrancy and diversity of European Jewish communities on the eve of the Holocaust.
"This was brilliant! I think this consolidates for me a career's thinking about teaching Nazi Germany." History teacher, Leeds
Using a combination of individual case studies and Nazi decrees to see the impact of state policy on individual men, women and children, students build an interactive timeline that interweaves the narratives of multiple victim groups. This practical activity provides a clear historical overview without oversimplifying complex events, and is featured in the Teachers TV programme Timelines.
Resistance and resilience
"Excellent teaching examples... Intriguing maps/diagrams. Human dilemma very well explained... Powerful stuff!" History teacher, Birmingham
'Why didn't more people fight back?' This pressing question that so many young people ask of their teachers needs to be taken seriously. Placing the actions of people in the past firmly within the context of their time, this workshop models how students concepts of historical empathy can be developed, while helping them to understand why historical interpretations change over time.
"Really excellent case studies. Brought up excellent discussions. Loved the questions to consider. Another excellent resource. I can't wait to pass this on at school." History teacher, Birmingham
How was the Holocaust humanly possible? What kind of people became perpetrators and collaborators? What sort of people resisted the Nazis or risked everything to save their Jewish neighbours? Who gains from genocide? Through a range of detailed case studies, students uncover how and why ordinary people become complicit in mass murder and reveal searching questions about what it is to be a citizen in the modern world.
"Very relevant to citizenship, as it can provide for all aspects: identity and diversity, responsibility, democracy and justice." Citizenship teacher, Exeter
What is the continuing significance of the Holocaust in the modern world? How did survivors rebuild their lives? What impact did the genocide have on European society?