As part of their university-based work, trainee teachers from our (Secondary) English PGCE and (Secondary) Religious Studies PGCE routes recently attended a workshop hosted by guest speaker Tom Jackson from the Holocaust Education Trust. The Trust aims to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and the important lessons that can be learned for today.
The workshop supported trainees to develop an understanding of the importance of teaching the Holocaust in secondary subjects and offered practical strategies to support this, as well as raising the challenges and pedagogical issues teachers face in doing so. Trainees were introduced to the Exploring the Holocaust teaching pack, a cross-curricular scheme of work that provides valuable material for teaching the Holocaust.
We combined the English and Religious Studies trainees for this workshop to emphasise the importance of cross-curricular working in secondary schools and breaking down rigid subject boundaries.