Social Personal Health Education (SPHE) at Senior Cycle builds on the students’ prior learning in the Junior Cycle. One of the aims of Senior Cycle education is to contribute to the development of the personal well-being of a student and to their quality of life now and in the future. Particular attention is given to a young person’s capacity to establish and sustain caring relationships with family, friends and other people. Therefore the aims of Senior Cycle SPHE is to support these young people in making choices about their health, relationships and welfare now and in the years ahead.
The curriculum framework for SPHE in Senior Cycle is an enabling curriculum. The framework is built around five key areas of learning. These areas of learning focus on what is important for students in Senior Cycle to know, understand and be able to do in order to make and maintain healthy lifestyle decisions.
The five areas of learning are:
- Mental Health
- Gender Studies
- Substance Use
- Relationships and Sexuality Education
- Physical Activity and Nutrition
For each area of learning, there is a rationale and a list of learning outcomes which identify what students should understand and be able to do. The learning outcomes draw on three interrelated perspectives which emphasise the multi-dimensional nature of health and wellbeing:
- Emotional and Social health and well being
- Physical health and well being
- Personal and Group health and well being
The SPHE Senior Cycle programme plays a plays a vital role in helping learners to address their current needs as young adults and in preparing them for life in an ever changing economic and social context. Our school strives to create awareness for young people of the relevant support services and care agencies available within the community which provide assistance and help if needed