Empathy Lab Training Day

PSHE, Literacy, English
Venue address
44 Webber Street, London
Available spaces

Empathy Lab is a whole school approach using stories to integrate empathy education into existing school priorities. Young people are growing up in a society with a major empathy deficit; hate crimes are at their highest level since records began and there are increasing concerns about the negative effects of social media. Increased empathy is good for society and vital for young people’s life chances. Psychologists highlight its central place in the bank of social and emotional skills young people need – without strong empathy skills, they will struggle to form the strong relationships they need to learn and thrive.

This is a first-step training day with EmpathyLab. Learn about;

  • The different elements of empathy and its educational importance
  • The research showing how books and book-talk can build empathy
  • How schools are achieving school development priorities by integrating work on empathy with literacy and reading for pleasure
  • How to teach children about empathy, and develop their empathy skills and social activism
  • Which books are good for empathy-focused work, and why

The approach helps to build young people’s empathy, literacy and social activism through a more systematic use of high-quality literature. It builds on scientific evidence showing the power of reading to build real-life empathy skills. With 11 primary school partners (including the Kite TSA’s Spinney Primary) they have spent the last three years testing new approaches. Their latest report (see www.empathylab.uk/empathylab-school-trial) shows the significant impact of our Empathy Explorers programme on school improvement and ethos; empathy skills and wellbeing; improvements in literacy, pro-social attitudes and behaviour.


Public price £175

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