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What is SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education)?

SPHE, as part of the curriculum, supports the personal development, health and well-being of young people and helps them create and maintain supportive relationships.


What SPHE Aims to Achieve

  • To enable the students to develop skills for self-fulfillment and living in communities

  • To promote self-esteem and self-confidence

  • To enable the students to develop a framework for responsible decision-making

  • To provide opportunities for reflection and discussion

  • To promote physical, mental and emotional health and well-being

These aims can be achieved through addressing the ten modules below, each of which appears in each year of the three-year cycle. The emphasis will be on building skills, understanding attitudes and values important to all these areas. The SPHE programme reflects the unique ethos of each school. The attitudes, skills and values fostered in the SPHE classroom can only truly flourish in a school where all members of the school community are treated with respect and dignity.

Overview of Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) Junior Cycle Programme

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Parents/ Guardians and SPHE

Parents/Guardians have the primary responsibility for the Social, Personal and Health development of their children. Their contribution and involvement is vital to the successful implementation of the SPHE curriculum. Parents/ Guardians who are familiar with the modules, topics and issues addressed in SPHE can very effectively reinforce these concepts at home.




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