Raising Self-Esteem in Primary Schools: A Whole School Training Programme


Margaret Collins

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    Margaret Collins, a mature student, trained as a teacher in Manchester after working in other situations. She taught infant and junior children in Lancashire, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire becoming first deputy head and later head of an infant school with army children in Aldershot. Later she became head of a first school in Cowplain, Hants.

    Following early retirement, Margaret became a Visiting Fellow at Southampton University where she worked with the late Noreen Wetton, using the Draw and Write research technique to obtain children's responses on a number of health topics and co writing books with her. In 1991 Margaret started to write articles mainly on PSHE for journals for the early years. Her first book was a collaboration with Noreen for the Metropolitan Police Who can help Andy? In 1995 her first solo book, Keeping Safe was published by Forbes. This has been followed by 24 books for primary teachers, mainly published by Luck Duck Publishing.

    Margaret works in schools designing ‘Draw and Write’ scenarios to collect children's responses mainly on health topics, analysing their responses and producing reports. The most recent one in 2008 is not on a health topic but on reading for a group of schools in West Sussex.

    She also talks about her work and runs occasional training sessions for teachers and early years practitioners.


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    Self-Esteem Profile
    I feel good about myself.
    I am happy with myself just as I am.
    I make friends easily and enjoy being with them.
    I deserve people to love and respect me.
    I feel valued.
    I can speak up for myself.
    I never worry about what other people think of me.
    I am (nearly always) in control of my feelings.
    When I make a mistake I can admit it and make amends.
    If people justly criticise me, I can accept it and try to do better.
    I don't think other people are better off than I am.
    I don't need approval from other people, but can accept it gracefully.
    I enjoy challenges and making decisions.
    I am happy to take responsibility within my capabilities.
    I understand how other people feel and can see their point of view.
    The Optimist Creed

    Promise Yourself

    To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

    To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

    To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

    To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

    To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

    To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

    To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

    To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

    To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

    To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

    Reproduced here with kind permission of:

    Dana L. Thomas

    Executive Assistant

    Optimist International

    4494 Lindell Blvd

    St. Louis MO 63108 USA

    800.500.8130 × 201


    who says that ‘The Optimist Creed is public domain – you may use it freely’.

    Self-Esteem Further Reading
    MargaretCollins, Because We're Worth It: Enhancing Self-Esteem in Young Children (2001)
    MargaretCollins, Circle Time for the Very Young,
    Second Edition
    DenisLawrence, Enhancing Self-esteem in the Classroom,
    Third Edition
    BarbaraQuartey & TinaRae, Developing Parenting Skills, Confidence and Self-Esteem: A Training Programme (2001)
    TinaRae et al, Developing Emotional Literacy with Teenage Girls: Developing Confidence, Self-Esteem and Self-Respect (2005)
    TinaRae, Confidence, Assertiveness, Self-Esteem: A Series of 12 Sessions for Secondary School Students (2000)
    RosemaryRoberts, Self-Esteem and Early Learning: Key People from Birth to School (2006)
    YvonneWeatherhead, Creative Circle Time Lessons for the Early Years (2008)
    MurrayWhite, Magic Circles: Self-Esteem for Everyone in Circle Time,
    Second Edition
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