UCL Beacon School


“You can’t interpret the world without understanding the Holocaust”

Our programme helps teachers to support young people as they deal with powerful and sometimes disorientating feelings, helping them to express themselves and to develop their emotional literacy. It also explores how and why the Holocaust happened through detailed historical study of the most extensively documented, intensively researched, and best understood genocide in human history.

This combination of the affective and the cognitive realms is essential if we are to both strengthen a commitment to genocide prevention and, through careful comparison with other examples of mass violence, to better identify the warning signs of future atrocities and to understand what sort of interventions might be available in order to prevent them.

Refusing to provide simple ‘lessons from history’, we encourage students to explore the complexity of the past and construct meaning for themselves. This is a deep learning process, as it challenges stereotypes, myths and misconceptions; enables students to ask their own questions and follow their own lines of enquiry; and develops a critical mindset that will foster a humane, reasonable, and enlightened way of interpreting the world.