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5 ways Dove’s Self-Esteem Project empowers your pupils

Low body confidence can leave young people with an increased risk of mental health issues, low self-esteem and a lack of motivation.

The Dove Self-Esteem Project empowers young people to embrace their uniqueness, think critically about media influences and learn to shift the conversation away from appearances.  

The programme’s free, evidence-based Amazing Me resources have been developed and written by experts, specifically for pupils aged 8-11.

With ready-to-teach PowerPoints, lesson plans and activity sheets, they include everything you need to carry out engaging, curriculum-aligned body confidence lessons. 

1. Promotes positive self-image and strengthens

When research tells us that young children are developing attitudes towards body shape and size, and that by the time they reach their teens, many (both boys and girls) feel anxiety about their body image, it’s time to take action. 

Perceptions and feelings about body image impact young people’s mental health. The Dove Self-Esteem Project strives to make this a positive impact, not a negative one, by celebrating positive attributes that aren’t connected to the way we look.  

2. Improves academic performance through body positivity 

Body positivity is a critical factor in building good mental health, self-esteem and motivation, but did you realise the adverse impact on learning that a negative body image can have?  

Research tells us that pupils who feel positive about their bodies tend to perform better academically. The Amazing Me resources help pupils to celebrate and value how unique and special they are, building self-esteem and resilience, which in turn supports academic performance. 

3. Addresses the impact of social media   

We can’t ignore the impact the digital world has on body image, which is why the Dove Self-Esteem Project tackles this head on, helping pupils understand what body image means in a digital age and how to beat the pressures to align to an ‘ideal’. 

By showing pupils how to critically reflect on the way body image is portrayed in the media and on social media, pupils have the tools to override this external pressure.  

4. Aligns to the curriculum  

The programme aims to help primary school teachers meet national curriculum objectives in statutory health education and PSHE (England and Wales), Health & Wellbeing (Scotland), PDMU (Northern Ireland), citizenship and literacy, by helping pupils to: 

  • Recognise their worth by identifying positive things about themselves and others. 
  • Critically explore how the media presents information. 
  • Examine what influences the way they feel about themselves and others. 
  • Justify their opinions and listen to and respect other points of view. 

5. Already having a positive impact   

The Amazing Me resources are already helping thousands of primary pupils on a journey towards life-long body confidence, helping them to develop self-confidence, self-worth and personal wellbeing.

As an evidence-based programme, teachers have the confidence to know materials are age-appropriate and accurate. 

But don’t just take our word for it, over 5,000 teachers are already seeing the positive impact that running the programme has on their pupils. 

The sessions were EXTREMELY beneficial to my students. It will no doubt make them think twice about images and videos they see posted online in the future.

The message of accepting you for who you are was also very evident through all the sessions and what a great message that was for them all to take away with them.” – Teacher 

So don’t miss out. Register now for your free Amazing Me resources today! 

The online resources include a series of engaging and easy-to-use lessons covering appearance ideals in the media, body talk, positive self-talk and strategies to deal with teasing and bullying. 

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