We want 1.6 million school children to have taken part in Compassionate Class by 2030, helping to foster empathy and responsibility for animals in a generation of young people.
Using video and interactive content, pupils aged 7-11 take part in various activities such as discussions, debates and creative assignments which inspire compassion for animals.
The final stage gives the exciting opportunity for pupils to enter our 'Most Compassionate Class of the Year' award and a chance to win a visit to one of our animal centres.
When this generation of children get older, they'll be far more empathetic towards the needs of animals and they'll be more willing to contact the RSPCA when they suspect that an animal is being mistreated. Our hope is that this will reduce animal suffering for generations to come.
- David Allen, RSPCA, Head of Prevention and Education
What we've done so far
After a successful pilot in Manchester in 2017-2018, Compassionate Class has had a great year with over 1000 schools across England and Wales taking part.
There were fantastic entries for our Compassionate Class competition! The winning school had a great day out at our Newport Animal Centre, as well as the teachers receiving their award at the RSPCA Honours.
We've had wonderful feedback from teachers who have taken part. 100 percent of teachers involved said they would consider doing the project again the next year.
What we can achieve with your support
With your support we plan to run the project in around 30 percent of primary schools in England and Wales, reaching 160,000 children every year. If we can achieve this we'll reach our goal for 2030 - each child developing compassion for animals that will stay with them long into the future.
Could you be the next Compassionate Class winner?
Has your school signed up yet? If not, ask them to today!
Teachers can also get free lesson resources from our education site.