New Welsh Empathy Education Project
A cluster of Swansea schools is embarking on a new Empathy Explorers programme to help young people develop their empathy skills.
The programme is led by EmpathyLab, the first organisation to build children’s empathy, literacy and social activism through a systematic use of high quality literature. Its strategy builds on new scientific evidence showing the power of reading to build real-life empathy skills. www.empathylab.uk; @EmpathyLab.UK
The work has been made possible by a Future Ready Fund grant to EmpathyLab from Nesta, the innovation foundation https://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/future-ready-fund-winners/. The Fund supports early-stage, high potential interventions focused on developing social and emotional skills. Nesta is committed to developing a broader education system that is serious about supporting wider skills alongside academic success.
The grant will help EmpathyLab introduce its programme to 8 new schools in Wales, working in partnership with the school improvement body ERW. The Pentrehafod cluster is made up of Burlais, Brynhyfryd, Clwyd, Gwyrosydd, Hafod, Plasmarl, and Waun Wen primaries that feed into Pentrehafod Comprehensive.
EmpathyLab will work with each school to create a bespoke plan to deliver the project, linked to the introduction of Curriculum for Wales, especially the Health and Well-Being Area of Learning Experience. Students will learn about the meaning and science of empathy, and through year-round lessons develop a deeper understanding of other people, through the creative use of literature and social action work.
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