David Woods

Message from the Chair

"Schools need to offer pupils the chance to learn with and about compassion. What young people learn should include a fascination for the way in which humans have tried to extend their world, sometimes with incredible achievement and sometimes at incredible cost. Our successes are often accompanied by failings and side-effects. We need future generations to strive for accomplishment while at the same time showing humility. Compassion should pervade school life and what we teach our young".
Professor Mick Waters

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No Outsiders Project
Pupils at Parkfield Community School discuss 'Compassion' with our Storyteller Victoria Pritchard.

The CoED foundation offers its own courses, consultancies and takes part in and organises a number of events. In addition to the CoEd events we aim to publicise related Compassion and Education activities, especially but not exclusively for these listed in the NICEN network.
If you would like your event to be uploaded please e-mail us at amarjot@coedfoundation.org.uk



It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Maurice Irfan Coles, The CoED Foundation’s CEO and Bill Gent, a trustee of The CoED Foundation. They both recently lost their battles against Covid-19. The trustees and advisors of the Foundation remain dedicated to continue the work that Maurice felt so passionately about - bringing compassion into education, being compassionate towards the planet and endeavouring to make the world better.

We hope that you can help us to continue Maurice’s legacy by supporting the work that we do: www.gofundme.com/f/maurice-irfan-coles
In a time of such uncertainty and turmoil, we will strive to make a positive difference: to make the world a kinder, more compassionate and loving place.

‘History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.’
Maya Angelou - On the Pulse of Morning

University of Derby Compassionate Mind

Compassion in Schools for Educators

8 November 2019 | 08.30 - 16.30

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 and includes 'hands-on' workshops focused on:

CFT and Associated Approaches in the Classroom:

  • CFT approaches for all Pupils
  • Compassion Approaches for pupils with special needs
  • Compassion Approaches for pupils with mental health issues

Experiential Compassionate Training:

  • Embodying the Compassionate Self
  • Simple strategies to engender compassion in the classroom
  • Mindfulness Approaches

In addition, we will open with three short keynotes by our very own Professor Paul Gilbert and Dr Mary Welford, as well as Professor Katherine Weare, who will also be running the Mindfulness workshop.

As this event is part-subsidised by the University of Derby and the Compassionate Mind Foundation, we can offer the full day with refreshments and a lunch buffet at the following 50% discounted rates:

Early Bird Registration pre July 31st 2019: £70 (rather than £140)
Standard Registration: £95 (rather than £190)

Standing Ovation


24th October | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

On Wednesday 24th October Standing Ovation will be hosting a Birmingham schools choir concert at the BCU Curzon building. Featuring some great schools including the Autistic choir Oscott Manor who featured in the Birmingham Mail earlier this year. The event is a showcase of young Birmingham talent with live performances from schools choirs, street dance crews, poets, rappers and many more! This event recognises and celebrates the many talented performers who are involved in the communities creative arts projects, bringing together an evening of music and entertainment to suit all ages

Venue: The Curzon Building | Birmingham University | 4 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD
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Awareness in action


By Awareness in action

Are you interested in meditation but finding it hard to make time to actually do it?
Then why not try this challenge to find the time for meditation in your life on a regular basis—however busy you are?
We can make the mistake of seeing 'meditation' and then 'life', when actually the two go together. In fact, all of our activities can be used as prompts for meditation, making it possible to find time for meditation anytime and anywhere. In this course we will explore what current scientific research is showing about the benefits that meditation can bring us. We will try out lots of different meditations and show how to do them as a formal practice but also how to do them as you go about your day.
At the end of 30 days you will have plenty of new input about meditation to work with and a whole range of techniques to try out.
Find out more about the course

Rob Faure Walker


Rob Faure Walker has kindly agreed to allow us to publish his monthly digest

Many thanks to Rob for all the hard work in compiling the list. Past lists can be found on the Prevent Digest website.

Mindfulness in Schools conference


Mindfulness in Schools Project's aim is to bring mindfulness to young people and those who care for them. MiSP invites leading figures to reflect on what the future holds and offer practical 'next steps' for those in educational or mental health contexts, even if you're just beginning.

09:30 – 16:30 | SAT 16 JUNE
Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ MAP

If you have any questions, please email: enquiries@mindfulnessinschools.org | www.mindfulnessinschools.org

Spiritual Ecology: Reviving a sacred and interconnected world

Spiritual Ecology: Reviving a sacred and interconnected world

18 - 20 May
Venue: The Hermitage, Witham Friary, Somerset BA11 5HL

A two day residential workshop at the beautiful 42 Acres in Somerset exploring the principles, practices and project application of Spiritual Ecology.
Find out more and book your place

For more information contact Amrita Bhohi on 0207 496 1610 or amrita@stethelburgas.org

LGBTQI eventMediatio Centre

Why do LGBTQI people feel excluded by the churches?

5.30 - 9.00 pm | 15 May
with James Alison and Sarah Bachelard

This evening brings together two ground breaking Christian thinkers to discuss the meaning of homosexuality for today. Why has a natural human orientation so often been cruelly punished and persecuted by church authorities? Why do churches still split over the issue? James Allison and Sarah Bachelard will explore these questions and suggest how this tragic history in a religion of love can be given a new direction today through intellectual honesty and contemplative wisdom.

£20 (£15 concession) Tea & Coffee provided
St Mark's Myddelton Square, The Meditatio Centre, London EC1R 1XX

Book your place

Rob Faure Walker


Rob Faure Walker has kindly agreed to allow us to publish his monthly digest

Many thanks to Rob for all the hard work in compiling the list. Past lists can be found on the Prevent Digest website.

Muslim Teachers Association AGM

Muslim Teachers Association AGM

13:00 – 17:00 | 11 FEBRUARY
East London Mosque, London E1 1JQ MAP

'Muslim teachers creating a better future' – An opportunity to engage, inspire, inform and network

Aims of this event

  • Hear from experienced educators
  • Be inspired
  • Network with other teachers and share ideas
  • Explore the challenges teachers are facing

Keynote national and international speakers:

  • Sheikh Maurice Irfan Coles – Compassionate Schools CoED Foundation
  • Professor Salim Al-Hassani – President of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation
  • Sulaiman Neave – Nida Trust
  • Ashfaque Chowdhury – Chairman of the Association of Muslim Schools
  • Andrea Tuijten – Three Faiths Forum
  • Farid Panjwani – Crème – UCL Institute of Education

Book your place | More information (pdf)

Compassionate wellbeing
Mindfulness Summit
Mediatio Centre
Rob Faure Walker


Starting in 2018 Compassionate Wellbeing will be offering annual and bi-annual conferences and study days on the following four topics: Spirituality and Wellbeing; Mindfulness and Compassion; Psychotherapy in the 21st Century and History. Culture. Mind.
More information about Compassionate Wellbeing Conferences
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Starting January 22, 2018
A FREE 10-Day Global Online Event to Transform Yourself, Your Community, and the World with over 30 Leading Spiritual Teachers and Visionaries


Find out more about the The Meditatio Centre 2018 programme and catch up with the latest news and events.

Rob Faure Walker has kindly agreed to allow us to publish his monthly digest

Many thanks to Rob for all the hard work in compiling the list. Past lists can be found on the Prevent Digest website.

Education Forward Conference

Mindfulness in Schools Project
Information, advice & guidance events

  • What is mindfulness?
  • Why mindfulness is beneficial to both teachers and students
  • How MiSP can help you to learn mindfulness, teach mindfully and take mindfulness to your school


    2.30pm-5pm | WED 6th DECEMBER
    Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace Edinburgh, EH1 2JL
    2.30pm-5pm | WED 17th JANUARY 2018
    24 Greencoat Place, London SW1P 1RD

Places are limited. If you have any questions, please email: enquiries@mindfulnessinschools.org | www.mindfulnessinschools.org

Read more news from previous years in our News Archive