Reflections on What Year 7 Students Know and Understand About the Holocaust: An Argument for Empirical Research in English Primary Schools

  • Rebecca Hale
Part of the The Holocaust and its Contexts book series (HOLC)


This chapter presents findings from a subsample of year 7 students (aged 11–12 years) who participated in a national study to explore knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust in English secondary schools. The students reported their only school-based learning experience of the Holocaust had occurred in primary school, and although caution is needed when drawing on secondary school data to attest to activities in primary schools, the findings do provide clues about what students know and understand about the Holocaust, influenced, in part, by learning about the subject in primary school. There is a paucity of evidence in this area, and this chapter highlights the imperative for empirical research in England to examine whether and how the Holocaust should be taught to younger students.


Knowledge Understanding Holocaust Students Primary schools 



Sincere thanks are due to the students who took part in this research and to Dr. Andy Pearce for his invaluable feedback when I was writing this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca Hale
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  1. 1.UCL Institute of EducationLondonUK

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