What is Compassion Matters?

Compassion Matters is an education project from the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion aiming to support the teaching of ethics and values in schools, youth organisations, pupil referral units and SEN specialists working with 10-14-year-old learners. We train teachers to use our accessible learning resources in their classrooms leading to improved social-emotional skills, academic skills and well-being. 

In 2017-18, we piloted our first three modules with three schools including our development partner, the Dragon School, Oxford. We were delighted with the impact that our learning resources had on the children, teachers, parents and the wider school community. You can find more information about the projects impact and pilot in other sections of the website. Our learning resources have been developed by leading researchers, teachers, educational researchers and publishers. We have worked to ensure that our materials are driven by schools requirements and are research informed and of the highest quality. You can find out more about the evidence base and rationale for the project here.

Subsequently, this proof of concept has been developed into a five-module course exploring the themes of; Compassion, Courage, Happiness, Wisdom and Justice. The modules enable teachers to have a whole year of learning resources for children to engage within selected year groups. Some of the concepts explored in each module are explained in the graphic below.

Each module includes:

  • An introductory film created by the award-winning production company Green Lions.
  • Four to five lesson plans consisting of classroom discussions, science, drama and art and maths activities.  
  • Worksheets to support group and independent learning.
  • A reading list to enable further exploration of the themes.
  • Informal learning materials to reinforce learning objectives, and support learning and action outside of the classroom.

Our matrix below describes the way in which CM is currently being used in schools. It also outlines some of the learning skills and competencies that children can gain through participating in the course.


Our learning resources have been designed with accessibility and easy use as a priority. All of our resources can be used ‘out of the box’ but we also offer introductory sessions via our website, in school or via Skype to help you get started. Teachers can download the resources and use them in their schools as part of their PSHE well-being, R.E. or as part of a cross-curricular project. We currently have 30 hours of learning resources available with more in development. We recommend modules can be taught across a half term or term giving schools a years worth of materials to explore. Further guidance on how to facilitate the course is provided in our course guide.

Supporting Compassion Matters

 Our mission is to ensure that our learning resources can be accessed by any child, teachers and school regardless of financial circumstance. To achieve this we are asking where possible for support in the form of a voluntary financial contribution towards the project from schools, businesses and engaged individuals.

There are several ways to support Compassion Matters but the easiest is to make a one-off or regular donation via PayPal. You can make a donation by clicking here or the PayPal button below. Alternatively, please contact us by email or phone for further details.

A project from the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion

17 Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2NA

E: contact@compassion-matters.org