Creating confident pupils: advice from HandsOnScotland


HandsOnScotland, a toolkit for people working with children and teenagers, explains that teachers with high confidence in their own teaching ability create confident pupils.

It says that to increase pupils’ self-confidence, teachers must improve pupils’:

  1. Belief in their ability to do things
  2. Sense of worth
  3. Sense of responsibility for their actions

More detailed information is provided for each of those three areas.

There is also a “growing confidence trees” activity to carry out with children, which will encourage them to reflect on their confidence levels. Questions to discuss during the activity include:

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  • What areas are you most confident in?
  • How did you get to be so confident in this area?
  • How can the ways your confidence grew in another area help you grow more confident in the area you wrote on your tree?
  • How can you help other people to grow more confident?



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