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Self esteem, Identity

Before teaching this pack it is recommended that teachers read the General guidance for teaching PSHE. The full lesson plan is a PSHE Association Quality Assured resource.

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. 

Full Lesson Plan

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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.