Shoah teaching will stay

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2010
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The Holocaust still has a firm place in the national curriculum, according to a report by the UK's envoy on post-Holocaust issues.

Sir Andrew Burns, a former UK ambassador to Israel, has submitted the report on Holocaust education in Britain to the Task Force for International Co-operation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, which encompasses 27 member states.

He said the report would dispel misconceptions about teaching the Holocaust and presented key challenges and opportunities to improve teaching the period.

Sir Andrew said: "I am delighted that the UK is taking leadership in reviewing and updating our country report on Holocaust education."

Minister for Schools Nick Gibb said: "The government believes that every young person should learn about these catastrophic events that took place in the heart of Europe, and that they should be able to reflect upon its lasting legacy.

"The report also clearly dispels the myth that Holocaust education has been removed from the national curriculum; the teaching of the Holocaust is a compulsory part of the national curriculum in England as it has been since 1991.

"I would certainly expect any future programme of study for history to continue to include Holocaust education."

    Last updated: 4:00pm, December 16 2010