Help your pupils find their confidence and dare to be brilliant at (almost) anything

This positive and empowering guide, by bestselling mindset author Matthew Syed, will help boys and girls build resilience, fulfil their potential and become successful, happy, awesome adults.

I'm no good at sport ... I can't do maths ... I really struggle with exams ... Sound familiar?

If your pupils believe they can't do something, the chances are they won't try. So how do you get them to believe they really could get better at maths, or sport or exams? How do you get them to believe they could excel at anything they put their mind to?

You Are Awesome can help your pupils do just that, inspiring and empowering young readers to find the confidence to realise their potential. The first children's book from Times journalist, two-time Olympian and best-selling mindset author Matthew Syed, it uses examples of successful people from Mozart to Serena Williams to demonstrate that success really is earned rather than given, and that talent can be acquired. With hard work and determination, practice and self-belief, and, most importantly, a Growth Mindset, there's no reason why anyone can't achieve anything.

Practical, insightful and positive, this is the book to help children build resilience, embrace their mistakes and grow into successful, happy adults.

Now a no.1 children's bestseller!


Classroom Resource Pack:

The YOU ARE AWESOME resources for schools comprises a series of eight lessons, written as a direct interpretation of Matthew Syed’s new book, You Are Awesome: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything.

The sessions have been designed to support pupils either side of the KS2-KS3 transition in their development of Growth Mindset. With two parallel courses adapted for students in Years 5/6 and Years 7/8, teachers gain full access to:

  • Teacher Manual
  • Eight sessions – one per chapter, which include: lesson plan, PowerPoint, worksheet, reflective clip from Matthew Syed
  • Two assemblies (one to introduce the course; one to conclude the course)
  • Pre and post self-assessments

To use the resources, pupils will need to read YOU ARE AWESOME (either in class or at home). Through the sessions, they will be exposed to the importance of learning from their failures, shown how success is entirely dependent on hard work and persistent determination and challenged to employ resilience in the face of obstacles on their educational journey.

The YOU ARE AWESOME resources for schools will be available to purchase as a one-time-only online download. If you are a local authority, educational organisation or looking to buy these resources for multiple schools, please contact the Education Programme Manager via email at

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