The 2023 Programme
An award-winning programme that offers a whole school approach with a fully resourced 5 week-programme.
"It's been life-changing
for our school"
- Mr. Trevor Alley
Chair of Governors, Reid Street Primary School (Darlington, UK)
ages 5-18 years
Made by UK qualified teachers
Fully planned resources for all staff & students
Registered schools get access to
Events & Experience
Empathy Week starts 27th February 2023 and we will be bringing you online events, webinars and workshops for your students as well as fellow teachers and even parents.
We have an amazing network of partners and speakers who will be helping us all develop the skill of empathy further.
Think topics around creativity, filmmaking, building empathy for those you disagree with, politics, careers, sustainability and so much more!
New to 2023 and only available to teachers, parents and students of registered schools.
The 2023 Programme
Use our 5-week programme of films and supporting learning resources to develop the skill of empathy in the classroom.
This year all 5 films are united by the theme of 'Opportunity and Education' and - as always - tell the incredible stories of 5 amazing humans.
A whole school approach - all our films and resources are differentiated for every age group (ages 5-18) and all learning sessions are fully planned and resourced for teachers - a game-changer!
Empathy Action Projects
Students can participate in a film-based project that allows students to put empathy into action and shout about something they are passionate about.
In 2023 students must create a video or film as an output of their action project with the aim of impacting the viewer to develop empathy for a certain cause.
Projects are classed based for ages 5-11 and individual or team based for ages 11-18!
Global Empathy Awards
Every year we invite the best Empathy Action Projects and schools to our annual awards.
In 2022 we had students join us from Portugal, Switerzland, Saudi Arabia, UK, Hong Kong and Italy!
Congratulations to Sara Village school in Saudi Arabia for winning the Outstanding Primary School award (view their presentation) and to students Xintong Wang, Chunzhen Li and Amrita Saha of International School of Geneva - Campus Des Nations. You can view the winning and shortlisted projects here.
Our learning framework
How our resources are structured
Reflections and Events
Start during Empathy Week - 27th February onwards
5 powerful human films (all 10 minutes or less) delivered over 5 weeks.
15-20 minute session perfect for assemblies, tutor time, or for a start of a lesson
After Empathy Week
10 x 20-30 minute lessons to extend learning per age group. (For each film, there is an empathy for myself and an empathy for others connected lesson).
Empathy for myself: focused on understanding your own self, biases, views, beliefs and thoughts
Empathy for others: focused on using empathy constructively with others around you
Extended learning for deeper empathy development. Putting empathy into action through guided projects.
Workbooks and online sessions help guide students and teachers through Empathy Action Projects starting in April & finishing in July!
Classroom projects for ages 5-10
Individual and team projects for ages 11-18
Downloadable certificates for in-school competitions
Entry into the Global Empathy Awards - (deadline 15th July 2023)
Output of projects are to be video/films showcasing the work done to develop and deploy empathy (New to 2023)
Global Empathy Awards
Shortlisted projects from across the world are invited to our annual awards.
Our awards will take place in September 2023.
Previous winners of the award include schools and students based in the UK, Nepal, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland!
Opportunity & Education
Our 2023 Theme
Meet the 5 incredible humans whose stories will be told during the Empathy Week 2023 programme.
A trainee teacher passionate about changing the lives of her students
Themes include - becoming a teacher, overcoming negative thoughts, passion, resilience, acts of service.
A young educator and advocate for change
Themes include - education, believing in yourself, acts of service, resilience and life in Nepal.
A sherpa who's summitted Everest 14 times
Themes include - bravery, adventure, life of a sherpa, risking your life, family and education.
Educator, social-emotional learning expert and advocate for gender equality
Themes include - standing up for what's right, education, emotional intelligence, education, gender equality.
A blind massage therapist who runs his own business
Themes include - positivity, perspective, disability, equal rights, resilience, helping others.