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Appeal for youngest teacher ever as Inverness-shire primary school appeals for baby to help 'teach' a class


By Neil MacPhail

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AN Inverness-shire primary school has appealed for a baby to help teach a class.

Head teacher Suzanne Dunbar has sent out emails to parents saying Farr Primary is preparing to start Roots of Empathy work with some of the pupils, but “need a baby between two and four months to be our teacher”.

She added: “If you know someone who has a wee one around that age and is willing to come in and meet the teacher to find out more about the Roots of Empathy work, please pass them our contact details.”

Roots of Empathy is an international programme designed to foster the development of empathy, develop emotional literacy, reduce bullying, aggression and violence, and promote children’s “pro-social behaviours.”

The programme also helps increase knowledge of human development, learning, and infant safety, and prepares pupils for responsible citizenship and responsive parenting.”

Scotland was the first country worldwide to deliver Roots of Empathy in every council area.

It is designed to encourage children to be kinder, the idea being that because a baby can’t explain how it’s feeling, children learn to recognise and identify the baby’s emotions, and become more emotionally astute.


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