Publications & Reports

Bringing Compassion into Education and Learning


Publications, manuscript and electronic books are the life blood of the CoED Foundation. Some, like Towards the Compassionate School and Multicultural Mattersare works in progress. Most publications have either been written, co-written or edited by the CEO, Maurice Irfan Coles. Some of these are very current; others are slightly older, but all have a bearing on 'Compassion in Education'.

We thought it would be helpful to provide other publications that are relevant to 'Compassion in Education', including those we have had some or no part in. Those posted are available free to download under creative commons license. All contribute to the Foundation's core purpose.

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With Warm Heart and Reflective Mind:
A Compendium of 101 Sayings and Quotations on the Themes of Compassion and Education

Bill A Gent (Editor), Tim Brighouse (Foreword)
Publisher: Beacon Books (1 Feb. 2018)

Since the birth of this millennium the concept of compassion has gone viral. There is an increasing interest world-wide in the place of compassion within individuals' lives, within society, and within education. The founding of an increasing number of local and global organisations and charities—including the CoED Foundation which is dedicated to bringing compassion into education and learning and which has a growing reputation in this field—are both a symptom of this increasing interest and the associated need to provide related material and activities. In part inspired by advances in neuroscience and the science of compassion, more and more books have been published on compassion in a variety of fields. There is however sadly little work on compassion and education. This book will help meet that need.

From Golden Rule to Golden Thread

Maurice Irfan Coles (ed.)
To be published by the IOE/Trentham (UK) and Stylus Publishing (USA) in September 2015

There is a growing international movement which aims to restore compassion to the world's epicentre. In part inspired by the Charter for Compassion, it argues that the Golden Rule, 'Treat others as you would wish to be treated,' lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions. An increasing number of cities and schools, and one country have signed the charter, declaring their intention to become 'compassionate.' To date, however, little has been written which provides a conceptual, theoretical and practical overview of the education system through the prism of compassion. This innovative and radical book addresses that gap arguing that, unless we can alter the prevailing educational paradigm so that all young people are actively taught collaboration and the value of service, as an antidote to the present dominant acquisitive individualistic norms, then the future looks very bleak. Although each chapter has been written as a stand-alone, they are interwoven and consistent in their compassionate message. Dr. Keith McGee from Boston University and Baroness Estelle Morris from the UK Parliament provide the fore and afterwords.
Read the full synopsis (pdf)

Multicultural school


The Essential Handbook For Professionals Working With Children, Young People And Families In Multicultural Britain

A compassionate society, by definition, is one where all its citizens feel happy to live their lives and bring up their children in an atmosphere of mutual respect and tolerance; one in which citizens hold common democratic values which encourage individuals to practice their own faiths, and retain their own cultural and historical heritage whilst at the same time subscribing to a shared sense of being British.

Multicultural Matters will be an electronic which book has been over 35 years in the making. Originally conceived in 1976 as The Essential Handbook for Schools in our Multicultural Society by Maurice Irfan Coles, sections have been written over time and have appeared in various journals. We are not starting from scratch, nor are we working alone. The overall aim is to edit much of our earlier work, to approach individuals for permission to use some of their articles, and to commission a number of friends to write various sections.

Our target audience is in the first instance, those in education but it is wider than merely education, as much of the work overlaps into the Social and Health Services and we would look to exploring these links proactively. Essentially, the book aims to provide a one stop shop for the theoretical, practical and knowledge requirements of all those who strive to bring compassion, social justice, and equality into our multicultural interdependent world.
Read more about the scope of the project (pdf)


SMSC manual


The accredited Self-Evaluation Manual for Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural (SMSC) will similarly be innovative. Working with Leicester's City's School Development Support Agency, this toolkit will allow teachers not only to conduct their own internal audit but also will suggests action they might take to improve provision. Talks are also underway with ASDAN, an international development and accrediting agency , with a view to producing the first ever SMSC course for pupils aged 7-14.