Social, personal and health education (SPHE) in the primary school

Programme Reports & Evaluations
Department of Education and Science
111 p.

This report presents the outcomes of an evaluation of the implementation of the curriculum for Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) in primary schools. SPHE is intended to provide particular opportunities to foster the personal development, health and well-being of the child and to help him or her to create and maintain supportive relationships and become an active and responsible citizen in society. The curriculum states that through SPHE, children can develop a framework of values, attitudes, understanding and skills that will inform their actions and decisions in these areas of their lives, both now and in the future. The curriculum for SPHE incorporates components on relationships and sexuality. Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) includes the acquisition of knowledge and understanding, and the development of attitudes, beliefs and values about relationships, sexual identity and intimacy. The report will be of interest to teachers, principals, parents, school-support services, curriculum developers and policy-makers.

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