Dove Self-Esteem Project teaching resources (five and single session versions)

Dove Self-Esteem Project teaching resources (five and single session versions)

Resources on teaching self-esteem and body confidence to boys and girls.

Exploring body image and how our personal identity and self-esteem are influenced by the media are essential parts of any PSHE education programme and a vital component in a curriculum that promotes pupils well-being.

These Key Stage 3 teaching resources from the Dove Self-Esteem Project have been created especially for 11-14 year old boys and girls, and are designed to enable teachers to run their own in-class workshops to help pupils to understand more about self-esteem and body confidence.  

The five session version of the resource contains material to cover over five 45-60 minute lessons or there is an abridged version suitable for a one-off lesson.


Five session self-esteem teaching resources

The five session Dove Confident Me resources explore in depth the key factors that affect body image and self-esteem in young people. Over five 45-60 minute lessons, the workshop series covers:

  • Challenging unrealistic sociocultural ideals of appearance
  • Building media literacy in response to appearance ideals in the media, social media and advertising
  • Reducing appearance comparisons and appearance-related conversations
  • Encouraging proactive strategies to build and protect self-esteem.

PSHE Association Subject Specialist, Karen Summers says:

“This series of five sessions focus on key elements to support and develop young people’s self-esteem and body confidence.  They are presented in a relevant and engaging style and would make an important contribution to high quality PSHE teaching and learning.

Furthermore, the five sessions provide a platform for interactive learning through a range of teaching approaches, including role play, discussions, debates, film clips and activity worksheets. There are many opportunities for pupils to explore, understand and challenge assumptions related to body image and body confidence issues.

The resource meets all the PSHE Association Quality Standards for good practice so we are delighted to offer this award.”

Download the free five session resources.


Single session self-esteem teaching resources

Alternatively, if you are looking to run a one-off 45-60 minute lesson you can use the single session resource, which is an abridged version of the five session series. Previously awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark, the resource is designed to help pupils to think critically about appearance-related pressures and develop strategies to take a proactive response to images in the media, social media and advertising.

Download the free single session resources.

These resources contribute to the following outcomes identified in key stage 3 (the target key stage) of the PSHE Association Programme of Study:

For young people to learn: 

  • to recognise their personal strengths and how this affects their self-confidence and self-esteem
  • to recognise that the way in which personal qualities, attitudes, skills and achievements are evaluated by others, affects confidence and self-esteem
  • what might influence their decisions about eating a balanced diet
  • about eating disorders, including recognising when they or others need help, sources of help and strategies for accessing it
  • how the media portrays young people, body image and health issues and that identity is affected by a range of factors, including the media and a positive sense of self

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