About

 

Over the past three years we've become expert human storytellers and use the power of film as well as 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 to take part in Empathy Week.

Click below to find out more...

Our programme

Our people

CourtneyWebHR46.jpg

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 21st 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.

Download the documents below for more information:

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

Ongoing use of Empathy Week resources

Teachers download the 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

Timeline to 2022

 
 
 
Ed photo .jpg

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.

Ed Kirwan signature Typed_edited.png
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Instagram

At Empathy Week, we believe that empathy - the ability to understand other people's thoughts, 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.

Nilema Bhakta-Jones.jpg
Myriam Coupard - Consultant.jpg

Nilema Bhakta-Jones 
Board Advisor

Myriam Coupard  
Board Advisor

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
Jen pic.jpg

Jennifer Condlyffe
Marketing Assistant

  • LinkedIn
Miriam Carter-Fraser.jpeg

Miriam Carter-Fraser 
Curriculum Lead

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
Andy SU Pic.jpeg

Andy Galloway
Strategy & Marketing

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
Shaun profile shot 1.jpg

Shaun Bhakta-Jones 
Advisor

  • LinkedIn
Sara Milne Rowe.png

Sara Milne Rowe 
Board Advisor

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
MamtaGera.jpg

Mamta Gera
Diversity & Inclusion Advisor

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter

Empathy Advisors

Lidewij Niezink.jpg

Dr. Lidewij Niezink
Empathic Intervision

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
Katherine Train.jpg

Dr. Katherine Train 
Empathic Intervision

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
IMG_2788 - Dr H.A. Demetriou.jpg

Dr. Helen Demetriou
Pyschologist, Lecturer & Author

  • LinkedIn
Claire Yorke Headshot - Claire Yorke.jpeg

Dr. Claire Yorke
Author & Academic

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
 

Our Ambassadors

Ali Oliver photo.jpg

Alison Oliver MBE
CEO Youth Sport Trust

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
Pankaj Mahajan.jpg

Pankaj Mahajan
Slum Soccer

  • Twitter
Lord Jim Knight.png

Lord Jim Knight 
Director SUKLAA

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
headshot2.jpg

Claude Silver
Chief Heart Officer
Vayner Media

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
Ray .jpg

Raymond Tannor
Audio Producer 
& Host

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
Sam Hornsby.png

Samantha Hornsby
Co-founder ERIC

Mimi Nicklin.jpg

Mimi Nicklin
Author & Empathetic Influencer

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
Loui Blake.jpg

Loui Blake
Restaurant Entrepreneur

Mae Yip.png

Mae Yip
Co-founder ERIC

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
Minter Dial headshot 1 - Minter Dial.JPG

Minter Dial
Speaker, Podcaster
& Author

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
Matt Crabtree.png

Matt Crabtree
Founder & Partner Positive Momentum

Kash 1.JPG

Kash Battacharya
Founder & Editor

The Budget Traveller

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
Liz Warner.jpg

Liz Warner
Founder Run to Reach

  • LinkedIn
Natalie Gayle Pic 2.jpg

Natalie Gayle
Presenter, Actor & DJ

Jasmine Birtles.jpg

Jasmine Birtles
Financial expert & TV personality

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
Mingma.png

Mingma Tenzing
Business advisor & Counsellor

  • LinkedIn
  • LinkedIn
Ola Christian.jpg

Ola Christian
Casting Director & Founder Levile TV

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
7_PETE - Peter Crocombe.jpg

Pete Crocombe 
Founder The Ordinary Sports Group

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
Louise Graham.jpg

Louise Graham
Social Impact Mentor & Coach

  • LinkedIn
Linda Papadopoulos 3 (2).jpg

Linda Papadopoulos
Pyschologist, Author & Broadcaster

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
Dominic norton.JPG

Dominic Norton
Founder Missing Black People

Zahrah .JPG

Zahrah Surooprajally
Digital Specialist

Marilise.jpg

Mariliese De Viliers
Author, Founder & CEO ROAR

MB - Matthew Barrett.jpeg

Matthew Barrett
Co-founder of Goal Click

  • LinkedIn
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
Jo berry.jpeg

Jo Berry
Founder Building Bridges for Peace

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
 
 

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.jpg

Gavin Dykes
Director, Education World Forum

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
Dr. Melissa Collins.jpeg

Dr. Melissa Collins
Principal & Top 50 Global Teacher Prize

  • Twitter
GG.jpg

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

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
Bhawana Shrestha - Bhawana Shrestha.jpg

Bhawana Shrestha 
Founder, My Emotions Matter

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter

International Teacher Ambassadors

We're lucky enough to have a fantastic growing community of international teacher ambassadors from across tthe world including: India, Nepal, Vietnam, Lebanon, Uganda, USA, Mexico, Ecuador, UK, Nigeria and Brasil. Our ambassador community meets throughout the year to share best practice and help improve the Empathy Week programme so that it is accessible and relevant for all. In 2022 we will be working together to translate as many resources as possible!

To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.

press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom

Explore what our Teacher Ambassadors from 2021 have to say...