SATE Seminar: Teaching the Holocaust through literature

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In partnership with The University of Strathclyde and the Holocaust Educational Trust

The Holocaust was a defining event in human history and there is no doubt that studying it through literature can help students think critically about the world around them and their place in it, through the discussion of a range of questions about what it means to be human. The use of fiction and non-fiction prose, poetry and drama texts allows English teachers to enrich pupils’ learning as they begin to reflect critically on issues of identity, behaviour and ethics.

Learning about the Holocaust encourages pupils to confront fundamental yet challenging questions which cut across academic disciplines, and it is here where English has a specific role to play. In teaching texts exploring the Holocaust, it is essential English practitioners are secure in their own historical knowledge and understanding to ensure learners are supported as they study Holocaust-related literature. In our shared responsibility in helping all learners develop skills and attributes in line with the Four capacities, this seminar will allow English teachers to collaborate with other subject specialists, for example in schools’ commemorations of Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th of January each year.

This short seminar will focus on the pedagogical issues surrounding Holocaust education. It will also provide English practitioners with the opportunity to update their own subject knowledge and build confidence in teaching the Holocaust through literature.


The seminar will be led by a lead educator from the Holocaust Educational Trust. The Trust’s aim is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and the important lessons to be learned for today.


Wednesday 21 September 2016 from 17:00 to 19:00


Please note that the seminar will now be held in Room 554 of the  Graham Hills Building,  University of Strathclyde


£10 for NATE members, £15 for non-members. There’s also a limited number of free places available for Student Teachers.

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