- It’s a vital part of any child’s educational literacy to lear about it
Guardian: A survey says while some schools cover it thoroughly, others skim over the topic.
Some pupils are spending just an hour of their school lives learning about the Holocaust, according to research which suggests there is too much variation in how the events of the second world war are taught.
The survey of 2,100 teachers, funded in part by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, reveals that, despite it being a compulsory part of the national curriculum, some schools are skimming over the Holocaust while others dedicate 20 lessons to the subject.
The survey comes after a report from the Historical Association this week questioned the quality of history lessons in state secondaries more generally, finding that thousands of pupils were being allowed to drop history at the age of 13 with the curriculum being squeezed into two years.
Today’s report concludes that pupils are receiving on average six hours to learn about the Holocaust, but that figure masks a far greater variation.
The survey was conducted by the Holocaust Education Development Programme (HEDP), part of the Institute of Education, University of London.
Paul Salmons of HEDP said: “Teaching of the Holocaust varies a great deal across schools and classrooms – some teachers are spending 20 [lessons on it], others just a single lesson.
“It was perhaps the most important event in the history of the 20th century. It has shaped the world and is still influential. It’s a vital part of any child’s educational literacy to learn about it. We want schools to find better ways of teaching this across the curriculum.”
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