Holocaust Learning Programme
Suitability Age 13-14 (KS3), Age 14-16 (KS4), Age 16-18 (A Level)
Subjects Citizenship, History, Religious Education
Topics Holocaust
Session Type

Booking Information

Wednesday - Friday, 10:30 and 12:00
2.5 - 3hrs
30 Students
£80 (£82 for sessions from April 2022)

What to expect

This short video provides information to help teachers prepare for their Holocaust Learning Session at IWM London.

  • Teacher Notes

    Information to help teachers prepare for their Holocaust learning session at IWM London.

  • Sensitive Content Guide

    Information to help teachers in preparing for their students' visit to The Holocaust Galleries at IWM London.

  • Teachers' Map

    Map of The Holocaust Galleries at IWM London specifically designed for teachers. 

IWM are committed to keeping you safe on site, please download our Covid-19 safety measures document here.

Please note The Holocaust Galleries can only be accessed by schools if they book a Holocaust Learning Session.

If you are an SEND school interested in booking this session, please contact [email protected] before submitting a booking enquiry. This is a new session and we would like to work directly with you to ensure the session is suitable and meets the requirements of your students.  


How and why did the Holocaust happen?

IWM will support students to ask this and other questions about one of the most difficult subjects in human history.

This programme uses new technology to guide pupils through IWM’s Holocaust Galleries, critically considering why the Holocaust happened, why we still study it and what it means in our world today.

What was life like for Jewish people before the Second World War? How did Nazi policy escalate to the mass murder of Jewish people? What legacy do you think the Holocaust has today?

Through self-guided and directed study, students will be given space to examine these questions by looking at personal stories and objects in The Holocaust Galleries. They will be encouraged to think about the role of individuals, groups, governments and much more.

The technology is designed to give pupils additional context for the stories they encounter and to create a learning environment that enables conversation about this challenging subject.  

At the end of the session, your class will come together in the Taube Family Holocaust Learning Centre to discuss what they have learned and to record a personal reflection about the Holocaust and its legacy.

“I believe that this learning programme is not just about visiting the exhibition. It’s aiming higher and it should become a part of students’ Holocaust education in the UK.” – Secondary School Teacher, West London

“Their visit to the galleries highlighted the gaps in their knowledge and the gaps in our curriculum in what they know and don’t know, that was new to them.” – Secondary School Teacher, Bristol

“They really enjoyed it, it was a useful trip and they said that it would help them with their GCSE curriculum and coursework” – Secondary School Teacher, South London

Designed by creative agency, Friday Sundae Studio with Olivier award-winning playwright Stef Smith.


IWM’s Holocaust learning programme will:

  • Prepare students to confidently enter into conversations about the causes, course and consequences of the Holocaust
  • Enable students to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding about the causes, course and consequences of the Holocaust and its relationship with the Second World War
  • Enable students to develop critical thinking skills about the Holocaust, its impact at the time, and its legacy and significance today 
  • Provide the opportunity for existing preconceptions and misconceptions to be challenged in a safe environment
  • Prepare students to be sensitised to injustice, to develop their consciousness of being a global citizen and empowerment to contribute to social change


  • Key Stage 3 History: Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day
  • Key Stage 4 Edexcel: Modern Depth Study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–1939 (Life in Nazi Germany 1933-1939)
  • Key Stage 4 OCR: Non-British Depth Study: Germany 1925–1955: The People and the State

This programme is supported by a grant from The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR).


Preparing to teach the Holocaust
Citizenship, History, Religious Education

Teacher Guide: Preparing to teach the Holocaust

Free Teacher Guide to support teaching the Holocaust for secondary students, led by IWM experts and teachers.   
Majdanek served as a slave labour camp that provided materials and manpower for German construction projects in occupied Poland and the Soviet Union. This jacket is part of the uniform worn by prisoners at Majdanek.

What Was The Holocaust?

The Holocaust was the systematic murder of Europe's Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Second World War. For the first time in history, industrial methods were used for the mass extermination of a whole people. Between 1933 and 1945, Jews were targeted for discrimination, segregation and extermination.
Ida Rubenstein

The Way We Lived: Exploring Jewish life and culture

This resource provides essential context for study of the Holocaust. It highlights the diversity of Jewish life and culture before the Second World War and explores roots of antisemitism.