The Department of Education and Skills conducted its second ‘Lifeskills’ survey of primary and post primary schools in 2012. The first Lifeskills Survey was carried out in 2009. The survey provides data on a number of ‘lifeskills’ related issues, including physical activity and healthy eating within schools. The survey also provides information on other important areas such as the implementation of Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) and Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE), anti-bullying, substance use, and road safety. This report concentrates on the main findings to emerge from the survey data. These findings are outlined below, divided into primary and post primary levels. The findings provide evidence of the good work being undertaken by respondent schools in helping their pupils to develop key skills necessary to cope with the many demands and pressures they face both within and outside of school. They also highlight areas where there is scope for some schools to strengthen implementation of required policies in the future. The end of the report contains some analysis of the key findings, along with an outline of the main challenges and opportunities for the Department of Education and Skills (DES), schools and for other stakeholders.
Department of Education and Skills
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