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Social, Personal and Health Education Support Service


Marino Institute of Education

Subject Keywords: Health support service for students
Topic: Obesity
Chronic Conditions
Type: Contact
Region: Republic of Ireland

The Education Act (1998) places an obligation on schools to promote the social and personal development of students and to provide health education for them. The Department of Education has approved a new syllabus for Social, Personal and Health Education at Junior Cycle level, in Post-primary schools. SPHE is being introduced in all schools on a phased basis from September 2000. This will build on the experience of all children at Primary level. (SPHE is a core part of the new Primary school curriculum). SPHE builds on the various Life Skills, Health Education and Pastoral Care programmes already being offered in many second level schools. It involves a more structured approach to Social, Personal and Health Education for all Junior Cycle students. SPHE aims to: - Enable the students to develop skills for self-fulfillment and living in communities - Promote self-esteem and self-confidence - Enable the students to develop a framework for responsible decision-making - Provide opportunities for reflection and discussion - Promote physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.



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Suggested citation:

Marino Institute of Education. (2000) Social, Personal and Health Education Support Service [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 21st November 2019].


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