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Self esteem, Identity

Before teaching this pack it is recommended that teachers read the General guidance for teaching PSHE.

This pack uses practical team-building, cooperation, negotiation and compromise to achieve a goal. The teaching in this pack focuses on encouraging pupils to recognise people's qualities, similarities, differences, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and how this relates to self-esteem. It helps pupils build their own self-esteem and improve the self-esteem of others.


What resources are in this pack?

How long does it take to deliver this pack?

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Learning outcomes

Pupils will be able to:

  • identify examples of personal achievements, strengths and skills
  • express pride in their personal attributes 
  • explain how this links to self-esteem
  • identify skills and attributes which they would like to improve or develop further 
  • set targets for improvement and development and identify ways they might achieve these. 

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Film: Self-esteem

This film explores what it means to believe in yourself. By hearing from a range of people about what self-esteem means to them, this film encourages pupils to positively focus on their own skills and abilities.


Starter activity: Exploring self-esteem

This first activity is a baseline assessment that is designed to be a starting point for each pupil to consider what makes a happy person. It will help to identify pupils’ understanding of what builds self-esteem.

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring a goal during a Premier League football match

Main activity: What is self-esteem?

In this activity, pupils identify and discuss the building blocks of self-esteem. They also learn how identifying their personal achievements, similarities and differences, strengths and skills can help build their self-esteem.