Wiltshire school tackles self-esteem with new toolkit

A Wiltshire secondary school has taken a new classroom approach to tackling low body confidence.

Teachers at Bradon Forest secondary near Swindon have turned to a free online resource to help to develop their teaching of body confidence beyond PSHE, as well as helping teachers deliver the subject.

The Body Confidence Campaign Toolkit provides lesson plans, advice and materials to help teachers to educate pupils on body image.

The resource has been released by the Be Real Campaign, following research from the YMCA, which revealed that 52 per cent of secondary pupils worry about how they look, with 30 per cent isolating themselves from activities because they are anxious about their body image.

Julie Hunter, assistant headteacher at Bradon Forest, said: “It’s about enabling teachers to use accurate language so they’re confident when delivering these lessons. Equally it’s vital that we make students aware of this issue.

“We work hard to make students aware of their own mental health and wellbeing, so the resource fits into our ethos as a school.”

Schools can download a copy of the toolkit here.

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