Compassion in Education with Jaime Thurston and Robin Banerjee
Tuesday 17th May 2022
How do we create a culture of kindness in classrooms? How can we make room for compassion in the school curriculum? At a time of unprecedented demand for mental health support among under 18s as a result of the pandemic, these questions are more important than ever.
This salon explored the importance of compassion in education with Jaime Thurston, founder of the charity 52 Lives and the School of Kindness. The School of Kindness works with thousands of children every year, delivering Kindness Workshops and providing small grants to schools.
Jaime Thurston is the author of ‘Kindness – the little thing that matters most’ and ‘The Kindness Journal.’ She was named Clarins Woman of the Year 2016 and has also received a Points of Light Award from the UK Prime Minister and a Richmond Community Award for her work. She was named in The Independent’s Happy 50 List in 2018, an alternative Rich List that celebrates people who make life better for others. Jaime’s work has also been promoted by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in celebration of organisations that create a sense of togetherness and community.
Professor Robin Banerjee is Head of the School of Psychology and a professor of developmental psychology at the University of Sussex. He leads the CRESS (Children’s Relationships, Emotions, and Social Skills) research lab, which conducts investigations of children’s social and emotional functioning, and he works closely with practitioners and policymakers in the areas of education and mental health. He founded the Sussex Centre for Research on Kindness, an interdisciplinary research centre focused on illuminating the nature of kindness and its impacts on people and communities. Professor Banerjee recently led the world’s largest ever public science project on kindness, The Kindness Test, in partnership with the BBC.
The Anatomy of Kindness series on the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00154cp/episodes/player
Sussex Centre for Research on Kindness: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/research/centres/kindness