Vision Schools Scotland

University of the West of Scotland

About Vision Schools

The Vision Schools Programme is a partnership between the School of Education at the University of the West of Scotland and the Holocaust Educational Trust. The Education Team at the Holocaust Educational Trust contribute to evaluating Vision School applications and the development of the Programme. You can read more about HET on ‘Our Partners’ page

Our aim is that the Vision Schools website will support primary and secondary teachers in their teaching of the Holocaust and facilitate a network of teachers in Holocaust education in Scotland. We will therefore be posting teaching material to support teachers’ Continued Professional Learning as well as useful links to other Holocaust education providers. Teachers are therefore advised to regularly check this website for updates.

Holocaust education comprises students’ learning about and from the Holocaust. Both types of learning contribute to anti-racist education and education for citizenship, and support religious equality. Lessons from the Holocaust will engage students in wider learning that explores the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust. The School of Education at the University of the West of Scotland has been working with schools on the Vision School pilot project since 2015. This project identified a small number of schools across the country who had demonstrated a strong commitment to Holocaust education. Many schools across Scotland engage in Holocaust education and the aims of this programme are to promote excellence in Holocaust teaching by:

  • identifying and rewarding schools who demonstrate innovation and good practice in this area;
  • encouraging the sharing of good practice of school based Holocaust education;
  • promoting the importance of Continued Professional Learning in Holocaust education for Scottish teachers, helping them develop confidence and proficiency in Holocaust teaching.


Our programme has been endorsed by the following organisations:

  • The General Teaching Council for Scotland
  • Interfaith Scotland
  • The Association of Jewish Refugees
  • The National Parent Forum of Scotland
  • The Scottish Association of the Teachers of History
  • The Scottish Jewish Archives Centre
  • The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities
  • Anne Frank Trust UK
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