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A KINDER EDUCATION - A compassion-led partnership, for a kinder curriculum
In 2017, Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University and Doing Social, a social enterprise, embarked on a different kind of educational partnership to develop a bachelor’s degree in social change. They agreed to develop the curriculum through a ‘bottom-up’ co-design and learning process.

Over the course of several months, Doing Social led an experimental process to learn from the ingenuity and wisdom of people on the ground – communities, changemakers, leaders, teachers, and students. Following three focus group events and a national survey which engaged 120 participants, an advisory board comprising several of the participants, agreed the shape of the interdisciplinary degree and ‘BA Innovation and Skills for Social Change’ was born. See

The degree starts this September 2020 and will be co-delivered by academics and Doing Social’s practitioners who are experts by experience. Kay Sidebottom, Course Leader of the degree and Harsha Patel, Course Partner and Managing Director of Doing Social, reflect on the importance of their degree, for developing the sorts of changemakers and leaders we need in society today, and how some of the themes of the Kinder Festival – such as kindness, compassion and well-being are weaved into the curriculum and its delivery. Kay and Harsha also discuss how the Festival themes resonate in their own lives.

This will be a fascinating discussion between two individuals who aim to be ‘compassion-led’ in both their personal and professional lives.

Sep 23, 2020 06:30 PM in London

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