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If we want to help children in the primary school to achieve the positive outcomes set out in the Every Child Matters agenda, we need to ensure all children have a healthy self esteem. This book seeks to give adults in schools tools to look at the way they could enhance self esteem in children. The book comes with an accompanying CD-Rom which contains:Inset sessions for all adults in the schoolWorkshops specifically aimed at non-teaching personnel, including mid-day supervisorsSessions for teachers and classroom assistantsClassroom lessons and activity sheets for the children which can form part of your school's personal, social, and health education (PSHE) program 


Many people have low self-esteem; it affects the way they view the world. Challenges become worrying obstacles, learning new skills becomes so difficult that they give up before they try. They feel inferior, no good, and stop trying. It is the same with children.

The ‘Every Child Matters’ programme lists five aims. These are to enable children to:

  • be healthy
  • stay safe
  • enjoy and achieve
  • make a positive contribution
  • achieve economic wellbeing.

Children with low self-esteem will not find this easy. They will have difficulty in partaking in classroom lessons and succeeding. Their low self-esteem will hold them back and they will come to expect failure. If we want to help children in the primary school to achieve these aims it is necessary to raise children's self-esteem.

Our self-esteem develops and evolves ...

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