Resources

Every young person should grow up feeling confident about their looks. That’s why we’ve developed Confident Me, a set of evidence-based resources for teachers parents and young people.

Confident Me - five session workshops

Over five 45-60 minute sessions,  which can delivered digitally or in-class, these resources cover:


 

  • Unrealistic appearance ideals

  • The impact of social media, celebrity culture and advertising

  • How to reduce appearance-focused conversations and comparisons

  • Body activism and positive behaviour change

Research shows that students who attend the five session workshops have improved body image, higher self-esteem and feel more confident participating in social and academic activities.

 

If you don’t have time to run five sessions, our single session teaching resources below that cover the topics in less depth.

We strongly recommend you deliver the five sessions in-class or digitally where possible, as the deeper student engagement has a greater and longer-lasting impact on building positive confidence and self-esteem.

Resources for parents

This resource is available to download for teachers share with parents, to give them tools to teach their children about self-esteem whilst at home. 

Made up of a series of articles covering key topics that affect self-esteem. Each article starts out with an introduction to a theme and why it is relevant. Then, to help guide parents in making practical changes, we’ve pulled together an action checklist full of body confidence-boosting ideas from our self-esteem experts. Finally, we have added a “Let’s Get Started” section, to give parents some ways to start the conversation today. 

Confident Me - single session workshop

The 45-60-minute Dove Confident Me single session workshop addresses key topics including media influence, peer pressure and strategies for promoting body image and self-esteem. Students learn through class discussions, activities, videos and activity worksheets.
 

Within each session you will receive a teacher guide, a student presentation and student activity sheets which can be delivered digitally or within the classroom.

The single session workshop has been evaluated by the Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England. It showed that students who participate in Dove Confident Me experience improved self-esteem, have a more positive self- image, and feel more confident to participate in social and academic activities.


Introduction to body confidence

This video provides an overview of body confidence, giving you the background needed to deliver a Confident Me self-esteem workshop at your school.


Video duration: 6 minutes

This video introduces the range of Confident Me resources available – both the single session and the five sessions.

Video duration: 4 minutes

Workshop lesson plan & material

Workshop content overview

The core objectives of a body confidence workshop are explored in this video.
 

Video duration: 7 minutes

What are potential ground rules that need to be set, when is it recommended to split into single-sex groups and how can you initiate a strategy that your whole school can use to promote positive body image.

 

Video duration: 4 minutes
 

How to create the right environment

When to adapt the lesson plan

We know that you are the expert when it comes to your students and how best to support them, but this quick training session provides a couple of points which research has shown help to increase body confidence amongst young people.

Video duration: 6 minutes

Tips for challenging questions

Difficult situations can always come up in the classroom. This video addresses some of the challenging situations teachers may face during the Confident Me self-esteem workshops by providing strategies to deal with them.
 

Video duration: 4 minutes

References:
 

The Dove Global Beauty and Confidence Report, 2016


Reframing Beauty – Unlocking the Potential of Young Girls.
Commissioned by Dove, 2014


DfE Statutory Guidance: Physical health and mental wellbeing:
Secondary, 2019