2nd Edition

Body Image in the Primary School A Self-Esteem Approach to Building Body Confidence

By Nicky Hutchinson, Chris Calland Copyright 2020
    198 Pages 102 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    198 Pages 102 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    • 80% of primary aged children have been on a diet.
    • 75% of 10- to 11-year-olds would like to change their appearance.
    • Children as young as 6 are worrying about their shape and size.

    Body image is an important aspect of children’s self-esteem and confidence. Unfortunately, many young children are suffering from anxieties about their appearance, which has a harmful effect on their overall mental health and wellbeing.

    This updated second edition of the award-winning Body Image in the Primary School recognises these anxieties as a concern for younger children that needs to be addressed at an early age, and examines some of the pressures that young people face. Presenting a clear, easy-to-use scheme of work to support emotional literacy and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE), throughout the primary school and into the first years of secondary school, this new edition offers:

    • A practical evidence based curriculum for children aged 4 –13.

    • More than 60 lively, varied and detailed lesson plans. 

    • Additional lessons on gender, social media and the selfie culture.

    • An overview of research on the links between body image, academic achievement and emotional wellbeing.

    The evidence-based lessons in Body Image in the Primary School have been awarded the quality kitemark by the PSHE Association and highlighted by Ofsted as an example of excellent practice. This book will be of significant interest to all teachers, teaching assistants and practitioners working with primary aged children.

    Acknowledgements; 1 Body image; 2 Body image in children; 3 The role of parents and carers; 4 Introduction to the body image curriculum; 5 Guidance for school; 6 Body image curriculum for ages 4-7; 7 Body image curriculum for ages 7-13; 8 Transition: Growing up and moving on; 9 Involving parents and carers; Appendix: Resources; Bibliography


    Nicky Hutchinson and Chris Calland are teachers and education consultants who have over 25 years' specialist experience in children’s behaviour, mental health and wellbeing. They advise the government, schools, universities and parents on this important topic. Their work and research on children’s body image and mental health is recognised internationally, and they received a government award for their work in body image education. They offer training on body image and all aspects of mental health at www.notjustbehaviour.co.uk.

    One of the clearest and most informative resource books I have read in a long time. Every school should have one.

    Dr Helen Wright – international education specialist and former head of the Girls’ School Association