What is Compassion Matters?

Compassion Matters seeks to increase individuals awareness and understanding of themselves and others while also inspiring compassionate actions. 

During the past three years, our project has grown to include resources and courses available for children, young people, aged 10-18 years old. We have also expanded to include more support for teachers and educators. More information about each of our projects can be found below. 

Each of our projects is based on findings and ideas of leading researchers in the fields of ethics, psychology and education. A copy of our evidence base ‘Compassion and Wellbeing’ can be downloaded here.

Compassion Matters

Compassion Matters course for 10 to 14 year olds covers the topics of Compassion, Courage, Happiness and Wisdom. The content of each module explores different elements of compassion in a way that relates to our everyday lives. Each module includes an inspiring short film that tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary person. Each module also includes; 4/5 lesson plans, presentations, audio reflection and contemplation practices, worksheets and reading lists. Compassion Matters is low-cost and web-based ensuring that schools, educators and children can benefit regardless of location, experience or financial means.

Why Compassion?

We now offer’ ‘Why Compassion?’ workshops and presentations for students aged 14-18 years old and school staff.  Each ‘Why Compassion?’ session covers:

  • Why compassion is integral for personal and societal wellbeing.
  • The research behind the science of compassion.
  • Practical wellbeing skills to use every day.

Workshops also include our inspiring ‘Another Way’ film and discussion of its ideas and themes. Each session can be delivered in person or online, lasting between 45- 60 minutes. Schools have used our workshops as part of their wellbeing day, series of pastoral workshops, or support the PSHE curriculum. 

Our workshops are designed to inspire young people to head into their future with kindness as the basis of their thoughts and actions. We will also provide them with a mindset and skills for managing the challenges in their present and future while gaining the ability to cherish and appreciate life’s gifts.

Educator Resources

We are delighted to now offer resources to support teachers to adopt a compassionate approach to teaching. Our Introduction to Compassion Education video and Educator Compassion Toolkit are now available. We also provide bespoke training and CPD sessions for schools and other organisations. 



Compassion Matters projects are designed to support relationship and health education guidance from the Department for Education covering respectful relationships, being safe and mental health. You can download further information about this here. Compassion Matters also helps schools to meet the new Ofsted inspect framework published September 2019 specifically sections related to personal development, behaviours and attitudes. Further details can found here

A project from the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion

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