Resource type: Booklists and book reviews, CPD course
Price band: Free
Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3
Region(s): All of UK
Increasingly recognised as a core life skill, recent research has demonstrated that empathy can be fostered and developed through reading fiction. EmpathyLab is a charity that is exploring ways to use stories to boost empathy among students.
EmpathyLab provides a range of resources to support schools in promoting empathy through reading:
- Read for Empathy Collections for primary and secondary schools – a list of titles that explore emotions and provide insights into other people’s experiences and perspectives. There is also a free Read for Empathy Guide for each collection to download that contains a synopsis of all the books, as well as top tips for sharing stories.
- Empathy Day – a day dedicated to talking about and promoting empathy with free online author-led activities.
- CPD training packages to help primary and secondary schools develop and embed an empathy strategy.
- An overview of some of the key research on empathy and the role of reading, as well as evaluation reports on EmpathyLab’s own action research.
Cost: Free booklists and online resources, training packages from £175.
About EmpathyLab: EmpathyLab was founded in 2014 by Miranda McKearney OBE and Sarah Mears. Its aim is to develop children’s empathy and social activism through stories in order to build a more caring world.
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- The Read for Empathy Collections are chosen by a panel of expert judges every year so that they represent the best and latest books available.
- Reading for empathy improves key literacy as well as empathy skills.
- A focus on empathy can improve children’s attitudes to school and each other, as well as encouraging them to see themselves as part of the wider world.