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Social, Personal & Health Education - SPHE

Social, Personal and Health Education, as part of the curriculum, supports the personal development, health and well-being of young people and helps them create and maintain supportive relationships.

SPHE in the Classroom

The recommended time allocation for SPHE is one class period per week or equivalent. The young person will encounter a wide range of issues through a variety of learning experiences such as:

  • Belonging and Integrating.
  • Self-management: A sense of purpose.
  • Communication Skills.
  • Physical Health.
  • Friendship.
  • Relationships and Sexuality.
  • Emotional Health.
  • Influences and Decisions.
  • Substance Use.
  • Personal Safety.

The emphasis will be on building skills, understanding, attitudes and values important in all these areas.

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Aims of SPHE

  • To enable the students to develop skills for self-fulfilment and living in communities.
  • To promote self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • To enable the students to develop a framework for responsible decision-making.
  • To provide opportunities for reflection and discussion.
  • To promote physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.

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All the above information is from:
Social, Personal & Health Education (SPHE) in second level schools.
The SPHE Support Service is a partnership between the Dept of Education and Science, the Dept of Health and Children and the Health Service Executive and in association with Marino Institute of Education, with funding from the National Development Plan.
Details of your Regional Team can be found at

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Civic Social & Political Education - CSPE

Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) is taught to all Junior Certificate students. It aims to help you to become actively involved in your community, your country and the wider world.

What will I learn in CSPE?

In CSPE class you will get a chance to think about questions such as:

• what does it mean to be an active citizen?
• how can I get involved in my community?
• how can I make a difference?
• what are human rights?
• how can I play a part in protecting the environment?

But you will do more than just thinking about these things. You will be taking action!

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What is the CSPE Junior Certificate exam like?

CSPE is examined at a common level. You will be assessed in two ways:

• a written examination, which is worth 40% of your final grade and
• a report on your participation in an action project or the presentation of a course work assessment booklet. This report is worth 60% of the total examination mark.

For more information about the CSPE course:

For more information about the Junior Certificate exam:

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