Institute of Education


Centre for Holocaust Education

Working with schools across England and offering extensive support for those engaged in teaching about the Holocaust.

We lead world-class research, delivering free professional development for teachers across England, and provide high-quality and effective teaching and learning resources.

Research and teaching

Our centre brings together large scale national research into actual classroom with educational approaches, activities and materials that respond to the challenges of teaching and learning about this highly complex and motive subject.

Our staff

Adrian Burgess
Alice Pettigrew
Andy Pearce
Ashleigh Thomson
Chitro Ghose
Darius Jackson
Emma O'Brien
Louise Palmer
Nicola Wetherall
Paul Salmons
Rebecca Hale
Ros Ashby
Ruth-Anne Lenga
Shazia Syed
Stuart Foster

Find more about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes: UCL Research Portal, IRIS


Individual team members are regularly sought by a wide variety of national and international audiences. In recent years the members of the Centre's team have:

  • Developed educational materials for the United Nations
  • Served on the Steering Committee of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance
  • Acted as consultants and advisors to the European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency; the Imperial War Museum; the Salzburg Global Seminar on its' genocide prevention educational initiative; Mauthausen Memorial in Austria
  • Served as Scholar in Residence to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC
  • Delivered keynote lectures, workshops and paper presentations at a number of academic and practitioner conferences including the British Educational Research Association and the American Educational Research Association, the Historical Association, Schools History Project and the Association of Holocaust Organisations
  • Worked with groups of teachers across four continents in countries including Canada, Eire, Croatia, Hungary, South Africa and Israel
  • Served on the advisory boards of the Holocaust Centre, the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, the Claims Conference and Final Account, a major new oral history archive.

The IOE's distinctive approach to Holocaust education is widely recognised and highly valued. Its groundbreaking pedagogical approaches were featured in two television documentaries and the Historical Association invited the IOE to guest edit a special edition of the journal Teaching History that explored teaching and learning about the Holocaust.

In addition, the IOE worked closely with Teachers TV to produce BAFTA award-nominated educational materials.

Find more about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes: UCL Research Portal, IRIS


The initial phase of the IOE's work in Holocaust education produced the first ever national study of teachers' aims and challenges.

More than 2,500 teachers benefitted from its unique research-informed pathway of professional development, from Initial Teacher Education, through Continuing Professional Development to Masters level.

Children's understanding of the Holocaust

We are currently undertaking the first ever national study of children's understanding of the Holocaust, which will both contribute significantly to international scholarship in Holocaust education and allow the development of resources and teaching approaches on an ever more secure research base.

Our current goals:

  • A further 3,000 teachers directly impacting more than 1.5 million pupils will participate in the Centre's Holocaust education programmes
  • A minimum of 1,000 beginning teachers on Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses in universities across the country will directly benefit from the Centre's bespoke one-day Holocaust education programme
  • Approximately 200 teachers will participate in the distinctive and fully accredited online MA module, 'The Holocaust in the Curriculum'
  • An estimated 400 secondary schools will be directly linked to the Centre's national 'Beacon Schools' initiative.

Our centre plays a leading role in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and works closely with partner organisations in the field both nationally and internationally.

We support the work of other institutions through disseminating research findings, evaluating projects, and providing advice and consultancy on pedagogical approaches.


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