Empathy School Award for Post-Primary Schools

Recognises post-primary schools that foster an environment of empathy, lead with kindness, and cultivate connection and understanding in their students and staff.

Here’s how it works

There are three levels of award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Here are the initial steps to achieving your award:

  1. Register for your school pack
  2. Train as a Facilitator, apply here
  3. Facilitate Story Exchanges and other programmes
  4. Tell us about it, log your programmes
  5. Receive your award!

Empathy skills are so important for students to learn and practise. I’m delighted to be an ambassador for the Empathy School Award and I look forward to meeting the amazing young people and teachers involved.

Louise Cantillon, Radio & TV Presenter and Post Primary Teacher
TG4, Today FM

Our school took part in the Bronze Empathy School Award. We found both the students and teachers really benefited from the activities. It created a culture of care within the class. We are now working towards our Silver award!

Sr Liz Smyth, Principal, St Dominic’s College Ballyfermot

Change starts with education, and by giving our young people the right opportunities. That’s why we developed this award. Our hope is that it provides a valuable and timely offering for schools. I’ve seen first-hand how this work brings benefits to staff and students.

Colum McCann, Author, Narrative 4 Co-founder and N4 Ireland Chair