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 discussion, small-group activities, videos and activity worksheets.
The programme has been developed to support the school curricula in England and Scotland. In England, Key stage 3 outcomes include identifying personal strengths, recognising how personal qualities are evaluated by others, awareness of healthy eating, and media portrayal of body image.
For those following the Scottish CfE 3rd level health and wellbeing programme, it covers emotional, social and physical wellbeing, planning for choices and changes, and the impact of popular culture and the media.
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.
For teachers wishing to explore these topics in more detail, a five session teacher workshop is also available. We encourage you to deliver the five sessions where possible, as this promotes deeper student engagement for a longer-lasting impact on students' body image and self-esteem.