Vision Schools Scotland
Established in 2017, Vision Schools Scotland is a partnership between The School of Education and Social Sciences and the Holocaust Educational Trust. 30 of the 50+ schools in the Vision School network are Vision Schools. Only schools that meet the required criteria, become a Level 1 or Level 2 Vision School.
Vision Schools Scotland aims to promote excellence in Holocaust teaching by:
- Identifying and rewarding schools that embed Holocaust education in their schools
- Creating opportunities for teachers to share good practice of school based Holocaust
- Promoting and presenting face-to-face and online Continued Professional Learning in Holocaust education to teachers, helping them develop confidence and proficiency in Holocaust teaching
Holocaust education is taught in primary and secondary schools in Scotland, and many students across the country participate in the Lessons from Auschwitz Project, and annual Holocaust Memorial Day events and activities. Further, the view that Holocaust education should be part of a whole-school approach to promoting equality and inclusion and challenging discrimination and prejudice is supported by the Educational Institute of Scotland.
The Vision Schools Programme embeds the principles of Scotland’s curriculum, whose priorities include responsible citizenship, in which Education for Citizenship is permeated across the curriculum, in its encouragement of effective and sustained school-based Holocaust education. It supports primary and secondary teachers in their teaching of the Holocaust and in addressing antisemitism, through its CPD/CPL, website and award process. By awarding schools that have achieved the required criteria, Vision Schools Scotland creates and develops a schools’ network of good practice in Holocaust education.
Vision Schools Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government and the Department of Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities.