Project information

Distributing The Virtual Journey (VJ)

VJ is a digital innovation for primary education teaching about Jewish children whose lives changed under Nazi persecution and who survived by coming to England as Kindertransportees. We want to distribute VJ nationwide, to challenge children to consider prejudice and experiences of refugees today.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: The National Holocaust Centre and Museum

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  • Need


    Educational demands for teaching pupils about values, citizenship and understanding of


    An App specific, unique virtual learning environment will support pupils learn about children who lived through the Nazi period and survived. Pupils will follow the story of Kindertransportee Leo, a German Jewish boy, living with his parents and younger sister Hannah. Children will build understanding of historical concepts whilst learning about identity, propaganda and moral choices. Pupils develop empathy for Leo and will be challenged to consider what life is like for refugees today.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Promoting Virtual Journey to schools nationwide


    » Promotion through education organisations including academy trusts and national associations and articles in national and educational press

    What success will look like

    At least 50 schools taking up the initial offer to use Virtual Journey

    Aim 2

    Pupils understanding roles of perpetrators, bystanders and upstanders in people becoming refugees


    » Educator Supporting VJ delivery in pilot schools to evaluate the learning outcomes

    What success will look like

    Pupils showing a greater understanding of what leads to people becoming refugees and the part different people have to play in that

    Aim 3

    Encouraging curiosity, stimulating critical thought and building confidence to challenge prejudice


    » Evaluation will test the extent to which VJ challenges pupils in their thinking about media new stories and others

    What success will look like

    Pupils showing that they are questioning what they see and hear and being prepared to challenge prejudicial behaviours

  • Impact


    We will demonstrate the impact this project has had in schools on tackling prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes. We will evidence pupils having the ability to identify with the position of a minority that is confronted with discrimination together with the confidence to challenge prejudice. Participating schools will demonstrate how VJ has supported their values education and developing cohesive school communities.


    All previous education programmes delivered by NHCM have been educator led meaning that any difficult questions which teachers may find hard to answer can be dealt with by experienced educators. This risk is being dealt with by the Centre producing comprehensive teacher support materials and also offering online and telephone educator support.

    The risk that children are not absorbed by the experience has been addressed by thorough testing.


    We will report to donors on the number of beneficiaries and the impact of the engagement. This will be done via online newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Promotion / Distribution Publishing articles in media and developing reletionships with educational bodies
      £10,000 Educator led delivery Sessional educators delivering and monitoring VJ in schools
      £3,000 Evaluating impact on schools Educators working with teachers to assess impact on schools
  • Background


    The project will be managed in Nottinghamshire and delivered across the country


    Year 6 primary school children

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    NHCM have been delivering The Journey Education programmes on site for a decade. A team of creative designers, educators and researchers have spent the last 18 months developing an immersive digital learning experience, which is based on the Centre’s successful Journey Learning programme. The Centre programme has high satisfaction ratings. 1 year 6 teacher said

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    James Griffiths

    Director of Learning and responsible for all education programmes delivered by the Centre. He is an experienced teacher and historian.

    Anne Howkins

    Project Manager and Financial Manager who will ensure the project is managed and delivered effectively