Compassion in Schools for Educators

Date and time
Friday, 8 November 2019
08.30 - 16.30

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

A community of experts

Our inaugural Compassion in Schools for Educators day brings together a community of experts, researchers and experienced practitioners. It is hosted and part-subsidised by the University of Derby and the Compassionate Mind Foundation. The event is for anyone working within or linked to education wishing to gain knowledge of compassionate practice skills and embed them in their curriculums. The day is equivalent to six continuing professional development (CPD) hours.


The event will have hands-on workshops, with themes focused on:

Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) and associated approaches in the classroom

Experiential compassionate training


We will open the event with three short keynotes speeches by our very own Professor Paul Gilbert, Dr Mary Welford and Professor Katherine Weare, who will also be running the mindfulness workshop.

Paul is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Queensland.

In 2002-2004, Paul served on the government's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). In March 2011, he was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to mental health.

Until his retirement from the NHS in 2016, he was Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust. He has been a practising clinical psychologist for over 40 years. Throughout this time, he has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology with a special focus on the roles of mood, shame and self-criticism in various mental health difficulties for which compassion-focused therapy was developed.

Paul was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1993 and has written/edited 21 books and over 250 papers and book chapters. In 2006, he established the Compassionate Mind Foundation as an international charity to promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion. He established and is the Director of the Centre for Compassion Research and Training at the University of Derby. He has written and edited many books on compassion. His latest Book is Living Like Crazy.

He will deliver the keynote speech 'Understanding the nature of compassion and functions in the school environment'.

Mary is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who lives and works in the South West of the UK.

After 20 years of clinical experience with the NHS and 15 years involvement in research, she began working with schools with the aim of intervening earlier and/or preventing psychological difficulties in a non-clinical setting. Learning with and from educators, she currently works with staff at a broad range of UK schools, developing, implementing and writing about whole-school compassion-based initiatives. 

She is also writing two books for children and young people. Mary is author of The Compassionate Mind Guide to Building Self Confidence and Compassion Focused Therapy for Dummies. Mary is dyslexic herself and has two boys who learn in exactly the same way that she does.

She will deliver the keynote speech 'What's compassion got to do with it? Putting theory into practice'.

Katherine is Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton and Honorary Visiting Professor at University of Exeter. She is known internationally for her work on mental health and wellbeing and social and emotional learning, most recently focusing on mindfulness and compassion based approaches in education.

She has published widely, engaged in cutting-edge research projects and reviews of the evidence base for the field, advised the UK government, the EU and WHO (World Health Organisation), and developed practical strategies across most European countries. She was a lead player in the influential Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) programme in the UK and in the European Network of Healthy Schools. This helped cultivate holistic and empathic approaches in education which put social and emotional learning and wellbeing at the heart of the educational process for students and staff. 

Her recent book, Happy Teachers Change The World: A Guide to Cultivating Mindfulness in Education, co-written with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, has been translated into five languages and is widely used in schools and universities across the world.

Katherine has recently been appointed Co-lead for Education Policy for the UK Mindfulness Initiative and is also Principle Investigator with Mind and Life Europe, developing a new Community of Contemplative Education Europe. She attempts to keep her feet on the ground and practice what she preaches, maintaining a personal mindfulness practice, teaching mindfulness in her local secondary school and at a local retreat centre and as the variably skillful mother of three adoptive children. She lives in South Devon where she and her family enjoy the open air life.

She will deliver the keynote speech 'What is mindfulness, how is it developing in UK schools, and how does it relate to compassion?'.



8.30am-9.20am  Registration
9.20am-9.50am  Welcome, introductions and experiences - by Dr Frances Maratos
9.50am-10.10am  Understanding the nature of compassion and functions in the school environment - by Professor Paul Gilbert 
10.10am-10.40am  What's compassion got to do with it? Putting theory into practice - by Dr Mary Welford
10.40am-11.10am  What is mindfulness, how is it developing in UK schools, and how does it relate to compassion? - by Professor Katherine Weare 
11.10am-11.30am  Coffee Break
  First theme: CFT and associated approaches in the classroom (parallel workshops)
11.30am-1pm Workshop 1 - A CFT approach for pupils in schools - Dr Mary Welford
11.30am-1pm Workshop 2 - The role of 'compassion' in supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities - Jon Reid 
11.30am-1pm Workshop 3 - Mindfulness and compassion for schools - Professor Katherine Weare
1pm-2pm Lunch
  Second theme: Experiential compassionate training (parallel workshops)
2pm-3.30pm Workshop 1 - Compassion in Action - Cultivating compassion through the embodiment of the compassionate self - Marcela Matos
2pm-3.30pm Workshop 2 - Compassion in Action - Bringing a compassionate approach into teaching - Wendy Wood and Frances Maratos
2pm-3.30pm Workshop 3 - Compassion in Action - Working with pupils with mental health issues - Rory Cahill
3.30pm-4pm Break
4pm-4.30pm Plenary Panel - Feedback on questions and scenarios by panel of experts, including Dr Mary Welford
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