Vision Schools Scotland

University of the West of Scotland

January 9, 2024
by Jane Caffrey

Holocaust Educational Trust – Scottish Teacher (In Person) Study Seminar on Sunday 21 January, Edinburgh City Centre

On Sunday 21 January 2024, The Holocaust Educational Trust will host a Scottish Teacher Study Seminar (10:00-16:30 – in-person – the Melting Pot, 15 Calton Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8DL –  Edinburgh City Centre)

Our Scottish Teacher Study Seminar will explore Scotland’s connection to the Holocaust and the pedagogy of teaching about the Holocaust in Scottish schools. Speakers include Professor Hannah Holtschneider (The University of Edinburgh) and Dr Emily Smith (Holocaust Educational Trust).

Professor Hannah Holtschneider (The University of Edinburgh) will talk about the Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces: Jewish Migration to Scotland, 1880-1950 project and the Points of Arrival digital resource pack for schools which explores Jewish migration to Scotland in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Dr Emily Smith will speak about the experiences of Jewish refugees who arrived in Britain before the Second World War, including those who stayed in Whittingehame Farm School just outside of Edinburgh.

We welcome participation from teachers across Scotland, particularly those engaging with the Vision Schools Scotland programme.

To sign up for the seminar please click here 

December 4, 2023
by Jane Caffrey
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Holocaust Memorial Day 2024


HMDT are providing guidance and support to those who may be feeling nervous or unsure about organising HMD events in the light of recent worldwide events. Please see the link below for further guidance.

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust | HMD 2024 Guidance for activity organisers in light of the conflict in Israel and Gaza

Fragility of Freedom is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2024.

November 16, 2023
by Jane Caffrey

Supporting Teachers : The Israel-Hamas War

As an organisation  that  focuses on  teaching and learning about the Holocaust and Citizenship, Vision Schools Scotland is committed to supporting  teachers at this unprecedented time.

Recommended Sources

Message on the Israel-Hamas conflict  from the Education Secretary Gillian Keegan, the Minister for Schools, Nick Gibb and the Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education, Robert Halfon.

Partnerships for Jewish Schools  (PAJES)   provides  advice  for teachers  working in non- Jewish schools as well  as teachers working in Jewish schools.

  Solutions not Sides a critical approach to  education on the Israel-Palestinian Conflict.

 Recommended Websites

Christian Action Against Antisemitism  

 The Community Security Trust  for information on antisemitism in the UK

The Council for Christians and Jews an interfaith organisation that challenges prejudice and persecution.
Tell Mama for information on  anti-Muslim  hate in the UK

October 10, 2023
by Jane Caffrey

2nd Generation Event held at Dumfries High School

Dumfries High School were recently awarded their Vision Schools Scotland Level 1 Award. As part of the award celebration, Lead Teacher, Miss Smithard meticulously organised a Second Generation Survivor event in the school on Thursday 5th October 2023.

Over 300 guests were welcomed to hear first hand,  Holocaust survivors Henry and Ingrid Wuga’s daughters; Hilary Hodsman and Gillian Field, tell their parents story to an audience of S3, Higher History pupils, S5 RME pupils from a neighbouring High School, councillors, MSP’s, members of the public and friends of the school.

Vision Schools Scotland were delighted to help facilitate this amazing event and in partnership with Holocaust Educational Trust continue to promote excellence in Holocaust Education.

Find out more about Vision Schools Scotland at Vision Schools Scotland | UWS


Left to Right front row: Miss Lizzie Smithard, Mrs Gillian Field (Henry & Ingrid Wuga’s daughter) S6 Dumfries HS pupils, Mrs Hilary Hodsman (Henry & Ingrid Wuga’s daughter)

Left to Right back row:  Elyssa Ramage Vision Schools Scotland, Dr Andrew Killen, Vision Schools, S6 Dumfries HS Pupil, Dr Catriona Oates, Vision Schools Scotland, Mr Philip Cubbon, Head Teacher Dumfries HS, Jane Caffrey; Vision Schools Scotland and Prof Henry Maitles Vision Schools Scotland

June 20, 2023
by Jane Caffrey


Citizenship & Holocaust Education Level 11 Module Leaflet P2

Vision Schools Scotland are offering subsidies to teachers on the UWS Level 11 Module, Citizenship and Holocaust Education which runs from late August-December 2023.  This learning module gives teachers the opportunity to enhance their professional practice in, and understanding of, a wide range of relevant themes in Citizenship and Holocaust Education.

You can apply for a grant of the module fee if you:

  • teach in a Vision School
  • teach in a school that has applied to be Vision School
  • teach in a school that is applying to be a Vision School in 2023/2024.  Schools can nominate up to 4 teachers to apply for this subsidy.
  • Schools that have previously received two subsidies can nominate one other teacher.
  • More information in the leaflet attached.

June 1, 2023
by Jane Caffrey

Lessons from Auschwitz CLPL for Teachers in Scotland

The Holocaust Educational Trust will be hosting a Lessons from Auschwitz CLPL workshop for teachers across Scotland.  The workshop will be available as an online event taking place over two evenings, or as an in-person event taking place at the Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre in Glasgow.

Dates and more information can be found here and below.

Online: Tuesday 20 (16:30-18:30) and Wednesday 21 June (16:30-18:30)

In-person – Glasgow: Sunday 25 June (09:45-16:30)

Programme overview

The aim of the workshop is to explore how schools can engage in teaching about the Holocaust through the Scottish curriculum. By integrating teaching about the Holocaust holistically across our primary and secondary schools we can ensure that all pupils have the skills to examine a defining moment in human history which raises fundamental questions about human identity, behaviour and ethics. By broadening our approach across schools, we also ensure that S5/6 students taking part in the Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project have the prior knowledge to engage in advanced learning, and that teachers feel confident to support these students.

The Holocaust Educational Trust works in partnership with the School of Education at the University of the West of Scotland on the Vision Schools Scotland (VSS) programme which seeks to promote embedded, holistic teaching of the Holocaust across the curriculum. Through work with the VSS project, the Trust has provided CLPL opportunities to Scottish teachers including walking tours of Glasgow exploring the history of Scottish-Jewry and the many connections between the city and the Holocaust.

This workshop will introduce teachers to organisations working across Scotland to encourage consideration of how teaching resources, travelling exhibitions, site visits and walking tours can enhance our students learning, and support the Next Steps work of students taking part in the Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project.

Who Should Apply?

We welcome registrations of interest from teachers and trainees of all subject areas, currently in post or training across Scotland. We welcome participation from more than one teacher from each school. Participants are required to be available for the whole of the in-person seminar, or both online sessions.

How much does it cost?  The course is free to attend.

How to Apply  Register your interest here

We do hope you will be able to join these CLPL sessions.

March 27, 2023
by Jane Caffrey

Remembering the Warsaw uprising as 80th anniversary nears – Article in the National by Emeritus Professor Henry Maitles

THIS coming April 19 marks the 80th anniversary of one of the most significant events of the Second World War. On that date in 1943 – following mass defiance of the occupying Nazi forces among the 50,000 Jews who were still living in the Warsaw Ghetto – Jewish fighters launched the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.  Read more of the article here:


March 22, 2023
by Jane Caffrey

Promotional Film released for The Holocaust – a resource for primary and secondary schools, based on the testimony of  Ernest Levy

A new promotional film  for The Holocaust – a resource for primary and secondary schools, is based on the testimony of  Ernest Levy has been released, please watch it here:

The second edition of the resource will be available free on the General Teaching Council of Scotland’s website for GTCS registered teachers.

The film will also be  shown at the Association of Jewish Refugees conference in London in April.

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