Dr Pooky Knightsmith

Dr Pooky Knightsmith

Dr Pooky Knightsmith is the mental health and emotional wellbeing advisor for the PSHE Association, in this role she recently quality assured the Dove Self-Esteem Project resources. Pooky is also an expert member of the Campaign for Body Confidence Group and author of the Eating Disorders Pocketbook for Teachers.

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 10:00

The importance of self-esteem in education

“School is a scary place when you hate yourself. I spend each day so fearful and anxious that there isn’t the faintest possibility of me concentrating in class…. so I do worse… which makes me hate myself more and fear my lessons more.” Naomi, 13

“I stopped going to swimming club because I hate how everyone looks at my fat arms and short legs. I would always feel sick before club, so now I don’t go.” Sean, 10

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