Do some of your pupils suffer from low or fragile self-esteem? Perhaps you want to help, but don’t know how? If so, this book is for you. Using insights from theory, research and classroom practice, it provides strategies and techniques that will enhance the confidence of primary school children through authentic learning experiences.

This book includes:Discussions on a range of issues surrounding self-esteem enhancement in school'Studies of recent work in this area;Links between self-esteem and the development of competence (fitting in with the Raising Attainment agenda);Research evidence from real primary classrooms;A clear articulation of strategies and techniques to use in classrooms; andA summary and analysis of the key theoretical and empirical work in the area.

The book’s clear practical focus will be of interest to all teachers and managers keen to enhance self-esteem in their schools. It will prove equally useful for teachers in training and more experienced teachers undertaking further study. This book will empower you to develop your practice with a clear sense of direction – and with increased confidence.

Self-Esteem and Schools

Self-esteem and schools

Key Ideas in This Chapter

In earlier chapters, we noted the existence of debates and uncertainties surrounding self-esteem. Nowhere are these issues more keenly debated than in the world of education. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • current and recent debates in relation to self-esteem in school, including the criticisms from the ‘anti-self-esteem lobby’
  • the messages for education from research evidence in self-esteem
  • insights from classroom studies using a two-dimensional model
  • some guiding principles for teachers and schools.


For many years now, primary school practice, certainly in the UK, has placed great emphasis on the importance of self-esteem. The reasons for this may be two-fold. The first is related to a concern, deeply embedded in primary pedagogy, for the ‘whole child’; that is, the social ...

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