About

Over the past three years we've become expert human storytellers and use the power of film and our experience as educators and teachers to create an awe-inspiring whole school approach to empathy development.

Our vision is long term, no one child will be an expert after one week but by taking part throughout their school journey from the age of 5 until 18, students will watch 65 different peoples life stories from every type of culture, ethnicity, religion, creed, career, gender and country thinkable. These films combined with our quality teaching resources and opportunities made with teachers and empathy experts will, over time, develop a strong identity and skill base in empathy for students and teachers taking part.

An important and transparent note on our film and work: Whilst we are supportive of a progressive world we understand that there are laws in certain countries that mean certain topics are not viewable or teachable. We work closely with the humans we film and gather their consent before removing certain topics that they discuss because we ultimately believe that every child should have the opportunity 

How it works

A whole-school approach

Our resources and films are differentiated into five age categories, spanning ages 5 to 18, allow students of all ages to access social concepts at the right cognitive level.

To take part teachers and schools can follow these easy steps:

  1. Register your school for Empathy Week

  2. Start the programme from 21 February onwards

  3. Use the resources flexibly around your curriculum and timetable

We've separated our programme into three distinct areas so that you can participate in the way that suits you, fitting everything around your timetable.

Our Learning Framework

Films &
Reflections

Stage 1
Discovering Empathy

Empathy +

During Empathy Week - 21-25th February

  • 5 powerful human films (all 10 minutes or less)

  • 15-20 minute session perfect for assemblies, tutor time, or for a start of a lesson

Empathy
for myself

Empathy
for others

Stage 2
Building Empathy

After Empathy Week

2x 20-30 minute lessons to extend learning

  • 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

Empathy
Action
Project &
Awards

Stage 3
Empathy+

Extended learning for deeper empathy development. Putting empathy into action.

Workbooks guide for students and teachers through a 4-6 week Empathy Action Project

  • 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

Stage 2
Building Empathy

Teachers download the resources

Ongoing use of Empathy Week resources

Empathy Action
Projects

Submit to Global
Empathy Awards

Stage 1
Discovering
Empathy

Stage 3
Empathy+

Anytime
December
2021
21-25
February
2022
March-April
2022
April
2022
May
2022
June
2022

Register your class or school anytime!

Empathy
Week!

Run in-school awards

Global Empathy Awards

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Meet the team

A message from the Founder and CEO

Hello, I'm Ed, Founder and CEO of Empathy Week.

 

For me, education is about preparing students of all ages for a future that no one can yet predict. Yet education systems across the world still lack the knowledge, expertise and quite frankly, common sense to develop the skills that students will need to be happy and successful in their futures.

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At Empathy Week, we believe that empathy - the ability to understand other people's feelings and perspectives - is the most important and vital skill for personal and professional development in this ever-changing and increasingly connected world.

Having taught in a large North London comprehensive for three years, I have seen first hand the pressure on teachers and students to achieve grade-focused targets. Whilst teaching, I realised there was a greater need to develop students in more ways, and unlock their potential as unique individuals. I wanted to make sure my students left school as global citizens, equipped with the emotional skills to help themselves, and those around them.

That's why I set off on a mission to build the #EmpathyGeneration in schools around the world. Welcome to everyone who believes in that mission, I can't wait to have you on board.

Andy Galloway
Strategy & Marketing

Miriam Carter-Fraser 
Curriculum Lead

Nilema Bhakta-Jones 
Board Advisor

Myriam Coupard  
Board Advisor

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Shaun Bhakta-Jones 
Marketing Assistant

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Sara Milne Rowe 
Leadership Advisor

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Mamta Gera
Diversity & Inclusion Advisor

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Empathy Advisors

Dr. Lidewij Niezink
Empathic Intervision

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Dr. Katherine Train 
Empathic Intervision

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Dr. Helen Demetriou
Pyschologist, Lecturer & Author

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Dr. Claire Yorke
Author & Academic

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Our Ambassadors

Alison Oliver MBE
CEO Youth Sport Trust

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Raymond Tannor
Audio Producer 
& Host

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Samantha Hornsby
Co-founder ERIC

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Pankaj Mahajan
Slum Soccer

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Mimi Nicklin
Author & Empathetic Influencer

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Loui Blake
Restaurant Entrepreneur

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Liz Warner
Founder Run to Reach

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Natalie Gayle
Presenter, Actor & DJ

Jasmine Birtles
Financial expert & TV personality

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Mingma Tenzing
Business advisor & Counsellor

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Dominic Norton
Founder Missing Black People

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Zahrah Surooprajally
Digital Specialist

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Lord Jim Knight 
Director SUKLAA

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Mae Yip
Co-founder ERIC

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Claude Silver
Chief Heart Officer
Vayner Media

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Minter Dial
Speaker, Podcaster
& Author

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Matt Crabtree
Founder & Partner Positive Momentum

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Ola Christian
Casting Director & Founder Levile TV

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Pete Crocombe 
Founder The Ordinary Sports Group

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Kash Battacharya
Founder & Editor

The Budget Traveller

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Louise Graham
Social Impact Mentor & Coach

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Linda Papadopoulos
Pyschologist, Author & Broadcaster

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Mariliese De Viliers
Author, Founder & CEO ROAR

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Empathy Week Judges

Our judges are education experts and each year judge the projects submitted to the Global Empathy Awards which is part of the Empathy+ section of the programme, open to all registered schools.

Gavin Dykes
Director, Education World Forum

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Dr. Melissa Collins
Principal & Top 50 Global Teacher Prize

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Prof. Dr. Ger Graus
Global Director of Education, Kidzania

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International Teacher Ambassadors

 

Our Impact

Empathy Award winners

In 40+
Countries

Across
6 continents

100,000 students engaged