Social, Personal and Health Education

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The Curriculum Framework for Social, Personal and Health Education was developed by NCCA in consultation with teachers learners, parents, management bodies and others.


The framework builds on students’ prior learning in primary and junior cycle SPHE.  The aim of senior cycle SPHE is to support learners in making choices for health and wellbeing now and in the future. The framework supports the Action Plan on Bullying through the exploration of different types of bullying and strategies for dealing with abusive behaviour.


SPHE curriculum framework

The curriculum framework for SPHE in senior cycle is built around five areas of learning:

  • Mental health
  • Gender studies
  • Substance use
  • Relationships and sexuality education
  • Physical activity and nutrition

The SPHE Curriculum Framework can be viewed here.


Wellbeing and post-primary schooling report

Well-being report

This is an NCCA research report entitled, Wellbeingand post-primary schooling; a review of theliterature andresearch.  The report is structured around themes such as

  • what we mean by ‘happiness’, ‘well-being’ and ‘quality of life’
  • adolescents and well-being
  • well-being and post-primary schooling.