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FPS Presentation

HEalth and Wellbeing - Self Esteem

nicola ibbotson

on 9 June 2010

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"Self-esteem can be one of the key factors in determining how successful a child will be in school and in later life" (BBC News) Self-esteem can be improved... or destroyed! Teachers can make a real difference. How do you feel
about yourself ? Would you feel better about
yourself if you were 14? Maybe? Who doesn't
want to be
young again? Ok so your
young. Great! Now imagine you have
started to get spots... ... you smell a bit funny... ... your body is changing shape... a lot to deal with eh? Well, that's just physical bits and pieces.
What about all the other
issues young people have
to deal with? It's difficult to feel good about yourself when
you have so much to worry about!

Body image can be closely linked to self-esteem, especially in young people.

Body Image Teachers should be able to identify if a pupil has more severe self esteem issues...

Indicators of poor self esteem -

Does the child often get chosen to play with, or for, groups?

Does the child have a group of friends they often hang around with?

Does the child like to look nice?


1 in 7 14 and 15-year-old girls now miss a daytime meal on school days.

More than 1 in 5 miss breakfast.

A survey of about 200,000 teenagers found that 6 out of 10 girls of the same age felt they needed to lose weight.

But analysis found that only 10% were actually overweight.

Many studies have reported that teenagers, especially girls, are dissatisfied with their weight. They have low self-esteem and a distorted view of their body image.

(bbc.co.uk/health) Body image issues affect boys too,

Nearly a third of teen boys try to control their weight through unhealthy methods like taking laxatives or smoking.

1 in 20 teen boys said they used products, including growth hormones or steroids, at least once a week.

'physique is the over hyped indicator of manliness and that leaves very little room for all those other more important qualities...'

(Facts taken from a worksheet at Ellon Academy)

In the most extreme cases this can lead to anorexia

Anorexia is a condition which predominantly affects adolescent females.

There are many predisposing factors which include psychological influences, social and cultural environments and even genetic make up.

Other factors include forms of abuse, including sexual,, homosexuality and bisexuality is a risk factor for males, and
inability to cope with change for example if a loved one dies.

Some of these issues should and could be dealt with more effectively in schools

'It has been reported that low self-esteem impacts student achievement negatively, and favourable self-esteem impacts student achievement positively.'

(promoting self-esteem)

Lots of things influence our self-esteem. When you are a young person these include your upbringing, your initial school experience, physical and mental changes and the school environment.

(promoting self-esteem) It's not just hard for secondary kids! Many children's self-esteem falls when they start school! They have to cope in a strange new situation with lots of other new children and new rules to learn.
Self-esteem in the primary school years is about how well children manage the learning tasks of the school, how they do at sport, how they look and how they can make friends with other children.


So, as teachers, do we really have to think about self-esteem issues in our classrooms? Should we be trying to improve the self-esteem of
the young people we see everyday? Well, if we aim to have a classroom full of effective contributors, responsible citizens, confident individuals and successful learners... then YES, we should! Health and wellbeing outcomes are the responsibility
of each and every one of us. We can't all teach healthy eating, physical sports etc in our everyday classroom. Self-esteem is a health and wellbeing issue that every one should be thinking about every day! Representing my class, school and/or wider community encourages my self-worth and confidence and allows me to contribute to and participate in society.
HWB 0-12a / HWB 1-12a / HWB 2-12a / HWB 3-12a / HWB 4-12a

I understand the importance of mental wellbeing and that this can be fostered and strengthened through personal coping skills and positive relationships. I know that it is not always possible to enjoy good mental health and that if this happens there is support available.
HWB 0-06a / HWB 1-06a / HWB 2-06a / HWB 3-06a / HWB 4-06a
A lot to think about isn't there? There is also the standard for initial teacher education to consider... These are just two of the 14 outcomes associated with mental, emotional and social wellbeing! Relationship between student and teacher

Positive interaction between peers

Caring classroom ethos

So we know we have consider improving self esteem in our pupils.
How can we do this effectively? Pupils need to be taught how to work as a team if they are going to get the most out of teamwork experiences. Learning intentions should explicitly refer to teamwork. Don't presume the pupils in front of you are good at teamwork!

Pupils need to be taught how to respond to each other, how to discuss and how to interact. Young people need to understand that they have the right to contribute and the responsibility to respect others contributions. Every pupil in the class should be made to feel like their opinion is valued and they are important. This should enable them to have the confidence to contribute. At primary and early secondary stages, games can promote successful peer interaction. Keep activities varied and fun. If all games are similar some pupils may rarely experience success. Working with parents! At secondary level, a focus on self value and dealing with various complex issues and change is required. Developing resilience is important in helping a child to maintain self-esteem levels throughout life. Body image is one of the most common and significant issues affecting self-esteem.

Are we being influenced from a very young age? Self-esteem can affect how you act.

A person who has high self esteem will make friends easily, is in more control of their behaviour, and will enjoy life more. Slide taken from a pupil's presentation at Mintlaw Academy You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.  ~Michael Jordan
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