Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom programme which aims to develop a child’s emotional literacy and encourage empathy for others. Research shows that this approach helps children to develop tolerance and acceptance of difference, thus reducing bullying and aggression and increasing pro-social behaviour.
A baby and their parent(s) are at the heart of the programme, who come for nine visits to the class throughout the year. During these visits, students can observe the bond between the baby and parent(s) and identify the emotions of the ‘tiny teacher’ and reflect on their own feelings and relationships.
Deirdre, our Additional Needs Assistant, has been running Roots Of Empathy in the school since 2018. Class teacher, Emily, has been delivering the programme throughout the past six years and is looking forward to many more years learning and being inspired by lessons around the green blanket.