If you plan to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in your primary school, we encourage you to read our Guide for Primary School Teachers. This guide has been created to support teachers in exploring issues such as pre-war Jewish life and culture, the persecution of Jewish people before the Second World War, emigration, and rescue, which are important in their own right and have significant contemporary relevance.

We also provide a free and downloadable scheme of work for use in primary schools. This scheme of work can be found here and includes a comprehensive set of teaching resources through which pupils can engage meaningfully in discussions of these topics. They also allow for reflection on the theme ‘Be the Light in the Darkness’.

A discussion of the lives of Jewish people before the Second World War allows students to consider what life was like before the darkness of Nazi persecution descended upon them; and a discussion of the Kindertransport, which is the focus of the lessons on Vera’s Journey and What makes a hero?, offers an opportunity to explore how some people escaped persecution with the support of those who provided the light of hope in their time of need.

Primary Outreach

For Holocaust Memorial Day this year, one of our amazing speakers, Vera Schaufeld MBE, will be sharing her testimony in an exclusive event for Year 6 classes.  Vera's story is explored in our teaching resources above. This special online outreach session will take place on Friday 22nd January, at 10am via Zoom. Participants will be able to listen to Vera, take part in a live Q+A and will be led in a reflective debrief by a member of the Trust’s education team. Places are limited so please get in touch soon to avoid disappointment.

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Teacher Training

We welcome registration from primary school teachers for all our teacher training events. Details of our teacher training programme can be found here or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.