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Challenge perceptions: boost pupils' self-esteem

‘PSHE Association-accredited ‘Confident Me’ workshops focus on giving young people the tools and skills to be body confident.’


Many teachers will know students who have low self-esteem and lack confidence in the way they look.

Dr Phillippa Diedrichs is a psychologist from the University of West England, specialising in evidence-based strategies to improve body confidence. She has been working with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to deliver its PSHE Association-accredited workshop in schools to help boost your students' self-esteem and challenge perceptions of body image.

Here, she talks about how these workshops have been designed in close collaboration with teachers and students to discover exactly what types of lessons and activities they find enjoyable and effective. The workshop targets topics such as the media, and bullying about appearances. Students can also become 'body-confident champions' in their own lives through social media or relationships with peers in school.

Register for FREE teaching resources to deliver the single session 45-minute workshop in your school.

For parents

Download the free Uniquely Me parent guide to hand out to your pupils and parents.


Uniquely Me parent guide.pdf

This downloadable pdf contains expert advice from Dove Self-Esteem Project global experts from the fields of psychology, body image, self-esteem, eating disorders and media representation to create a resource for parents that is focused on advice and action.

Parent Zone is working with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to help boost UK pupils' body confidence through its PSHE Association-approved in-school workshops. Find out more about the full programme here.