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Genocide: World War II

Question for Department for Education

UIN 217667, tabled on 6 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much his Department has spent on funding teacher training to support teachers in facilitating lessons on the holocaust in classroom settings in each year since 2015.

Answered on

11 February 2019

Since 2015 the Department has provided the Centre for Holocaust at UCL with £500,000 a year to train trainee and serving teachers to teach this important subject and to set up a network of schools to share good practice. In addition, the Department funds the Holocaust Education Trust’s ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ programme, one element of which provides teachers with visits to Auschwitz that are designed to improve their teaching of the Holocaust. Total funding for the programme since 2015 is shown in the table below. A new grant agreement is in place for 2019-22.

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

£1,850,000

£1,954,479

£2,002,758

£2,080,054

The Department is fully committed to Holocaust education. The recent disturbing report by the Community Security Trust, which shows that anti-semitic incidents continue to rise, shows how important it is to continue to educate children about the Holocaust and the lessons it provides for today.

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