Lesson 3: Embracing failure

Understanding that failure is a normal part of life and that we mustn't give up if something doesn't go according to plan

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To understand the purpose of failure

Statuary guidance

  • Pupils should know that mental wellbeing is a normal part of daily life, in the same way as physical health.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need to work with a partner. Might need to speak to an adult about the emotional experience that comes with failure and strategies to manage these so that they are ready to try again.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to describe how this approach could be used in other areas of life.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils’ understanding and progress


Created by:
Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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