SPHE Online Resource Portal

Welcome to the SPHE section of our website.

It consists of a range of resources and supports to assist SPHE Departments as they strive to enhance teaching and learning in SPHE both at junior and senior cycle levels.

                          

SPHE and Wellbeing

SPHE provides students with a unique opportunity to develop the skills and competence to learn about themselves and to care for themselves and others and to make informed decisions about their health, personal lives and social development.

Education, when viewed through a holistic lens, acknowledges that education must extend further than the academics. A holistic vision of health acknowledges all of the dimensions of life including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social and environmental and the complex interplay between each of these dimensions.

 

Out of this holistic vision of the person, which is at the heart of our understanding of education and health, emerges a growing recognition that the social, personal and health education offered to our young people is as important as any other area of the curriculum. Just as support for personal and social development contributes to self-fulfilment, it is also a pre-requisite for successful learning.

 

The Wellbeing Framework 2017 states that teachers can play a particularly important role in raising children’s self-esteem, motivation and confidence by the way they organise teaching and learning. In other words, how teaching happens matters! The Wellbeing Guidelines place a strong emphasis on the importance of the SPHE curriculum/ specification in supporting students' understanding about wellbeing and for wellbeing.

 

Through the use of experiential methodologies including group work, SPHE aims to develop students’ positive sense of themselves and their physical, social, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing. It also aims to build the student’s capacity to develop and maintain healthy relationships. Through studying aspects of SPHE, students have time to focus on developing personal and social skills including self-management, communication, coping and problem-solving.

 

 

SPHE Videos to support teaching and learning in the SPHE classroom

'Introduction to SPHE'

SPHE Essentials

 

This short video outlines essential information that will support teaching and learning in SPHE. It includes an overview of the aims of SPHE, a whole school approach to teaching SPHE, the importance of a class agreement to create a safe environment in the SPHE classroom and finally, the role and responsibilities of the SPHE teacher.

Experiential Learning in SPHE

 

This video explores how the Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle supports teaching, learning and assessment in SPHE. Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle provides a framework for structuring experiential learning in SPHE. Experiential teaching methods are commonly applied in SPHE as they help to develop healthy knowledge, skills and attitudes about all areas of wellbeing. This short video will demonstrate the cycle in action using the ‘Connected’ resource from Webwise.ie

Blended Learning

 

This short video aims to support SPHE teachers planning for blended teaching, learning and assessment in SPHE. It is advisable to watch the ‘SPHE Essentials’ video in advance to this video. The video explores key considerations when preparing for blended learning in the context of SPHE, it provides a brief overview of the SPHE curriculum expectations and finally, it demonstrates practical ways to adapt face to face contact lessons to valuable blended learning experiences.   

 

Junior Cycle RSE 

 

Junior Cycle RSE 

RSE Fundamentals

 

 

This recording provides an overview of the fundamentals to teaching RSE lessons. It explores key documents related to teaching, learning and assessment in SPHE, considerations when developing a safe environment and finally, supports for best practice teaching and learning.

RSE Policy Development

 

 

This recording explores the eight step process, based on best practice guidelines when embarking upon creating, updating and reviewing your RSE Policy in school. 

 

 

 

 

 

22 Active Methodologies to support teaching and learning in the SPHE classroom while physical distancing.

Click on the image to download.  

PDST Graphic Organiser with AFL Strategies in Teaching and Learning

*Role cards included on page 69-70*

In school Support in the area of SPHE 

Are you an SPHE Teacher or SPHE Coordinator looking for support in how best to enhance the learning experiences for students in the SPHE classroom?

 

If so, please be aware of that the Health and Wellbeing Team provides bespoke in school support to SPHE Coordinators, SPHE Departments and SPHE teachers across all areas that fall under the SPHE curriculum/ specification.

 

 

 

Click on the image below to access Post Primary Health and Wellbeing on Twitter for up-to-date news, articles and information on everything health and wellbeing related! 

 

NCCA Curriculum Online Resources for teaching and learning in SPHE/RSE at both junior and senior cycle.

Junior Cycle SPHE Resources 

Senior Cycle SPHE Resources 

 

New HSE First Year SPHE Lessons

Click on the image below to access the resource.

  1. Understanding Ourselves
  2. Being Healthy 1
  3. Healthy Choices 1
  4. Relationships and Sexuality Education 1
  5. Emotional Wellbeing 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are a selection of resources. Please click on the images below to navigate to each individual section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Wellbeing
These resources are not suggestive nor exhaustive and are to be used at teacher's discretion.

 Mindfulness for Students: The Secret to Student Wellbeing Infographic

Click on the image to view and print off for class!

 

 

 

 

Mental Health Support during COVID-19 Looking after your Mental Health Mental Health Relaxation Little Things Campaign 5 Ways to Wellbeing in tough times Advice for Young People while Schools are Closed

 

 

Samaritans Saint Patrick's COVID-19 advice Walk in my Shoes Jigsaw Jigsaw: Advice during COVID-19 Pieta House

 

 

The Sleep Programme Acts of Kindness  Rainbows Ireland Coping Skills Calm Irish Dairy Council: New Ways of Working

 

 

Spunout  Irish Heart Foundation Gentle Exercises Mindfulness for Children Study Skills Tips Podcasts

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting the Wellbeing of students during COVID-19 National Centre for Guidance in Education Information and Advice for Leaving Certificate Students 2020 Yoppie Menstrual Cycles and Mental Health 

Resources on ‘Curriculum Support’ for a teacher who teaches children in Post Primary School

 

 

Post Primary SPHE Curriculum Resources 

 

Junior Cycle SPHE Handbooks

These handbooks provide comprehensive information and advice on best practice approaches to teaching, learning and assessment in junior cycle SPHE

 

 

 

 

  SPHE Syllabus 2000 SPHE Guidelines 2000 2016 Short Course Specification

 

Senior Cycle SPHE Handbooks 

These handbooks provide comprehensive information and advice on best practice approaches to teaching, learning and assessment in senior cycle SPHE

 

 

 

 

 

   

Senior Cycle

SPHE Curriculum 2011

     

 

Anti Bullying Resources

 

PDST Support Booklet  Anti Bullying Procedures Bullying Teacher Advice ISPCC Shield My School RU Being Bullied

 

 

   

#UpToUs

Cool School's Programme       

 

Internet Safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated (2021) Lockers English Version Lockers Irish Version BinCTRL English Version BinCTRL Irish Version Connected English Version

 

 

 

   
Connected Irish Version Parents Guide to A Better Internet  Useful Webwise Resources From Home    

 

Mental Health Resources

 

Jigsaw's 'Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools Course'.

Launched in August 2021

Course description 

Promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools is a self-directed course. It is presented in four distinct modules, each module takes approximately 40 minutes to complete. Throughout the modules, there are opportunities for reflection and application of learning.

Promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools aims to provide school staff with: 

Increased knowledge and understanding about youth mental health

Opportunities to reflect on the important role school staff have in promoting mental health and wellbeing in school

Practical strategies to promote and support youth mental health in school

Enhanced confidence to deliver mental health and wellbeing education in the classroom.

To access the course,clikc on the image above

 

 

 

 

Introduction

Physical and Mental Health  Mental Ill Health 

 

Mental Illness

 

Treatment Care

 

 

 

Society and Mental Health Attitudes  Mental Health and You   Supplementary Resources

Building Resilience and Wellbeing

Mental Health Resource for Youth Workers and Volunteers

 

 

 

  #MoreThanASelfie Programme is suitable for 1st, 2nd and 3rd yr SPHE students

Dove Self Esteem Project. Lessons for first years

The Jigsaw Schools Hub offers schools across Ireland the latest tools and information to help them support young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Resources and classroom lessons on the topic of mental health developed by the Royal College of Surgeons

 

On My Own Two Feet

 

 

School Handbook Assertive Communication Consequences Decison Making Identity and Self Esteem

 

 

   
Feelings Understanding Influences Workcards    

 

Personal Safety

 

 

 
Chid Protection Procedures 2017 Junior Cycle Personal Safety Lesons Senior Cycle Personal Safety Lessons United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the work of the Ombudsman for Children’s Office in protecting and promoting those rights resource  

 

Relationship and Sexuality

 

 

 

Advice for teaching RSE

Junior Cycle RSE Resource

Advice for Parents

Busy Bodies Resource Junior and Senior Cycle LGBT Resource 

 

 

 

 

Spunout.ie Website Senior Cycle RSE TRUST Resource  RSE SEN Resource List RSE:Mild Learning Difficulties Senior Cycle RSE TRUST: As Gaeilge

 

 

 

 

Growing Up LGBT

As Gaeilge

Research:

HBSC 2018

Research:

HBSC Spotlight on adolescent health and wellbeing

Research:

Growing Up In Ireland 

The lives of 17&18 year olds

Research:

Talking about Sex and Sexual Behaviour of Young People in Ireland 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Trends in Health Behaviours, Health Outcomes
and Contextual Factors between 1998-2018:
BodyWhys : #morethanaselfie campaign

University of Limerick

Gender Identity and Gender Expression

E-Book 

 

The Sexuality Wheel

Tusla Healthy Sexuality & Relatioship Development Resource

 

The videos associated with the TRUST resource, Busy Bodies and GULGBT resource are available here at www. sexualwellbeing.ie

 

Substance Use

 

Junior Cycle-On my Own Two Feet- Consequences Resource Ask About Alcohol: A Parent's Guide Crosscare Don't Lose Your Head- support booklet for parents Senior Cycle Substance Use Resource: Know the Score Straight Talk: A guide for parents on teenage drinking

       

NYCI Support Manual

       

 

Websites These are suggestive websites to support teaching and learning in the SPHE classroom. Identifying which supports are suitable is at the discretion of the SPHE Teacher

 

Mental Health

 

Substance Use 

Relationships

& Sexuality

www.sphe.ie

www.pdst.ie

www.webwise.ie

www.scoilnet.ie

www.reachout.com

www.spunout.ie

www.letsomeoneknow.ie

www.healthpromotion.ie 

www.jigsaw.com

https://tacklebullying.ie/

www.pietahouse.ie

www.belong2.org

www.sexualwellbeing.ie 

www.healthyschools.org.uk

www.tes.co.uk

https://www.barnardos.ie/resources/young

-people/well-being

https://www.barnardos.ie/resources/heart

-body-and-mind

https://turn2me.org/

http://www.samaritans.org/

https://www2.hse.ie/looking-after-your-mental-

health/

https://www.walkinmyshoes.ie/campaigns/

mindyourselfie/

mindyourselfie-resources

www.mentalhealthireland.ie 

https://headspace.org.au/assets/Uploads

/Resource-library/Family-and-friends/Grief-FAF-web.pdf

https://www.bodywhysbodyimage.ie/

https://www.alustforlife.com

www.spunout.ie

www.askaboutalcohol.ie

www.drugs.ie

www.quit.ie

www.healthpromotion.ie

https://www.clondalkindrugstaskforce.ie/

https://www.aldp.ie/

https://www.citywide.ie/

http://www.fsn.ie/

https://www.barnardos.ie/resources/substance-misuse

https://www.drugsandalcohol.ie/

https://nwdrugtaskforce.ie/

http://www.ndublinrdtf.ie/

http://www.tallaghtdtf.ie/

www.hse.ie/knowthescore

https://alcoholireland.ie/

https://nonameclub.ie

https://planetyouth.ie

www.b4udecide.ie

www.scoilnet.ie 

www.webwise.ie

www.healthpromotion.ie

www.belong2.org

www.sexualwellbeing.ie

www.spunout.ie

https://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/

https://www.childline.ie/sexuality-and-

relationships/

http://www.drcc.ie/

http://www.reachout.com/

http://www.bodywhys.ie/

http://www.positiveoptions.ie/

http://www.thinkcontraception.ie/

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/5/

sexhealth/

https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/

https://www.drcc.ie/assets/files/pdf/

15901555072

4472171.pdf

 

 

Physical Health and Nutrition 

 

Internet Safety SEN/ EAL 

https://www.peai.org

https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/hl/youth/

https://spunout.ie/health/category/exercise

https://www.safefood.net/home

http://health.gov.ie/

https://www.bda.uk.com/

https://www.incredibleedibles.ie/

http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/

http://www.nourishinteractive.com/

https://irishheart.ie/

http://www.getirelandactive.ie/

http://www.indi.ie/

www.healthpromotion.ie

www.webwise.ie

https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/be

-safe-online/

https://cybersafeireland.org/schools/

resources/

https://www.childline.ie/online-safety/

http://www.betterinternetforkids.eu/

https://www.esafety.gov.au/young-people

https://www.childnet.com/teachers-and-

professionals

https://www.internetmatters.org/resources

/social-media-advice-hub/

https://tacklebullying.ie/

https://www.drcc.ie/assets/files/pdf/drcc_

resource_pornography_what

_do_i_need_to_know.pdf

 

http://www.thecommunicationtrust

.org.uk/media/600899/

personal__social__health_and

_economic_education.pdf

 

https://www.pdst.ie/sites/default/files

/SPHE%20Supporting

%20Students%20with%20Mild%20

General%20Learning%20Disabilities.pdf

 

https://ncca.ie/media/2509/sen_

introduction.pdf

 

https://ncca.ie/media/1980/overview

_guidelines.pdf

 

http://www.sphe.ie/downloads/rse/rse-learning_diff.pdf

 

https://jct.ie/l2lp/resources

 

https://ncse.ie/

 

https://life-skills.middletownautism.com/

 

https://reachoutasc.com/resources/

downloadable-resources/

 

 

Resources for Policy Development and Review

 

Acceptable Use Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Webwise AUP Guidelines  Webwise Sample AUP 1 Webwise Sample AUP 2  DES Internet Safety Guidelines DES Internet Safety Template

 

Anti-Bullying Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Anti Bullying Procedures 2013 Action Plan on Bullying 2013 Anti- Bullying Policy Template PDST Support Material  

 

Child Protection/ Child Safeguarding Statement 

 

 

 

 

 

Child Protection Procedures 2017 Child Protection Circular 81 2017 Mandatory Child Safeguarding Statement Template Mandatory Risk Assessment  Mandatory Template Checklist Review

 

 

       
Children First 2015        

 

 Additional Child Protection information available here

Code of Behaviour 

 

 

 

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NEWB Guidelines  Circular 33 1991      

 

RSE Policy 

 

 

  RSE Policy Guidelines Circular 43 2018 A Guide to CPSI Inspections  

 

 

 

   
RSE Policy Development Guidelines RSE Policy Sample Template Tips for developing an RSE Policy    

 

Substance Use Policy 

 

 

 

   
Guidelines for developing a Substance Use Policy Sample SU Policy Substance Use Policy Template    

 

Planning Resources 

 

Wellbeing Guidelines available here 
Key Skills for Junior Cycle Framework available here 
Wellbeing Indicators available here 
Statement of Learning; Junior Cycle Framework available here 
Junior Cycle Framework Key Skills available here 
Junior Cycle Short Course Planning Booklet available here 
Junior Cycle SPHE 2016 Specification available here 
SPHE Short Course Specification CBA 2019 (Classroom Based Assessment) available here 
Junior Cycle SPHE Short Course Planning Template available here 
SPHE Senior Cycle Curriculum Booklet available here 
Planning a Senior Cycle SPHE Curriculum available here 
Supporting Students with Mild General Learning Disabilities available here 
Guidelines for Teachers of Students with General Learning Disabilities here 
SPHE Checklist available here 
SPHE Syllabus 2000 Booklet available here 
SPHE Guidelines 2000 Booklet available here

 

NCCA Focus on Learning Booklets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Intentions and Success Criteria Effective Questioning  Formative Feedback Students reflecting on their Learning Learning Outcomes Ongoing Reporting