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Educating for Empathy: the reading factor
Event Date: 
Tue, 2023/12/05

Tuesday, 5 December 2023
Online Conference, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Empathy is a learnable skill, and a vital element in social and emotional learning. The urgent need for empathy education strategies is highlighted by society’s increased polarisation and the rise in post-Covid behavioural and mental health problems.

This conference explores how to harness reading’s power to build empathy understanding and skills. You will take away a rich understanding of the evidence base for using reading to build empathy, practical tools and next steps to deepen empathy education work.

Who's involved?

  • Professor Robin Banerjee, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global and Civic Engagement, and Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Sussex
  • University of Sussex research team
  • Sonia Thompson, Director, St Matthews Research School, Birmingham
  • Professor Teresa Cremin, Professor of Education , the Open University
  • Authors Hannah Gold, Cath Howe and Rashmi Sirdeshpande
  • Teachers Kate Clarke, Pembroke Dock Community School, Amy Willoughby, Beck Primary School and Jon Biddle, Moorlands Primary Academy
  • Stella Jones, Director of Town End Research School
  • EmpathyLab founders Miranda McKearney OBE and Sarah Mears MBE

Expert-led workshops

Ticket holders will have the option of joining one of our four workshops, led by incredible leaders in fields of empathy, education and literature. 

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