How it Works

Every state school in England and both state and independent schools in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with post-16 provision is invited to take part in Lessons from Auschwitz Online. Two, three or four students can participate per school or college. Applications are now open.

Lessons from Auschwitz Online will offer students the unique opportunity to learn about the history of the Holocaust through a bespoke online learning environment, accessing artefacts, text, film, and virtual explorations of Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. Students will consider the individuals whose lives were affected by the Holocaust and the relevance of the Holocaust today by:

  • Taking part in three live sessions, led by experts in the history of the Holocaust and Holocaust education
  • Hearing directly from Holocaust survivors, who will share their personal experiences, including during a live survivor testimony and Q&A
  • Participating in a virtual exploration of Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
  • Considering the relevance of this history in today’s world
  • Sharing what they have learnt within their school and wider community.

All Lessons from Auschwitz Online participants will be required to join three live online sessions, and complete self-guided modules – all available via our LFA Online platform. At the end of the project they will devise their own initiative (their ‘Next Steps’) through which they can share what they’ve learnt and encourage others to ensure the Holocaust is remembered.

All online sessions last approximately 2 hours. At least one of these sessions will take place on a Sunday. Independent, online learning will be completed in the student’s own time, and modules should take approximately 2.5 hours to complete in total. All projects take place over 9-10 days.

Participating students will require access to a computer, laptop or handheld device (tablet) to complete the independent learning journey and attend live, online sessions. Students with access to a smartphone will also be able to take part in a virtual exploration of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum as it is today. Prior to the Project, all participants will receive an educational pack in the post, including hard copy materials. Students will still be able to take part in the Project without a smartphone.

I want to apply, what shall I do next?

  • If you would like to make an application for your school to take part, please complete our application form.
  • Once you have applied, you will become a coordinating teacher. By becoming a coordinating teacher, you are agreeing to become the point-of-contact between your school and the Holocaust Educational Trust, for the duration of the course.
  • We will be in touch to confirm whether you have been allocated a place. Please note, spaces on our courses usually fill up fast.
  • If you are allocated a place, you will be asked to select two, three or four students to take part in Lessons from Auschwitz Online. Please do ensure that the students you put forward are able to commit to all components of the course (three live sessions, self-guided learning and completion of Next Steps) and ensure that all students complete their registration process within the relevant deadlines.
  • Please be sure that the students you have selected have access to a computer, laptop or handheld device (tablet) and, if possible, a smartphone. As most students will complete their independent, online learning outside of school hours, students must have access to these devices outside of school time.
    • In England, there is a Government scheme enabling students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access technology, including laptops and tablets as well as 4G routers with free data allowances. Please look into these programmes if your selected students may not have the equipment or internet connection required to partake in the project.
  • Coordinating teachers are responsible for ensuring students have gained access to the online learning platform in advance of the course starting and that students understand all relevant information about their participation in Lessons from Auschwitz Online.
  • Coordinating teachers are responsible for informing the school and Local Authority of their students’ participation on the course and gaining permission from their parent/guardian. They are also required to oversee and support the students both before and after the Project, and as they undertake their Next Steps.

Participating Students

  • We welcome two, three or four post-16 participating students from every state school in England.
  • Participating students must be able to take part in all components of the course.
  • All students will be asked to complete an online registration form – upon completion they will be sent access details for the online learning platform. We ask that students complete forms by the deadline.

Support Teachers

  • A teacher may take part in the course where there is a specific need to support a student. The coordinating teacher can request an additional place at the point of application.