Supporting continuity of learning for SPHE  - advice for schools and parents

Supporting continuity of learning in SPHE during school closures - Guidance for Primary Schools Supporting your child's learning in SPHE - Tips for Parents 



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Social, personal and health education (SPHE) provides particular opportunities to foster the personal development, health and wellbeing of the child and to help him/her create and maintain supportive relationships and become an active and responsible citizen in society. Click on the buttons and images below to access support materials and resources.


*NEW*   E-Learning Programme for Teachers

This suite of resources has been developed by the PDST Primary Health and Wellbeing Team to support your understanding of the Primary SPHE curriculum. Click on each of the videos below to learn more about SPHE and for guidance on how to select appropriate resources specific to your school context and pupils' needs. 

Video 1 - Introduction to SPHE Video 2 - Overview of Resources Video 3 - Resources for SEN



Supporting the continuity of learning in SPHE and Wellbeing at home

Our Primary PDST Wellbeing Associates  have come together to share how they have been supporting continuity of learning in SPHE and to support the wellbeing of their pupils during school closures. They are teaching all over Ireland in a variety of contexts and class levels. We hope these video clips can help you to promote SPHE and Wellbeing at home while schools are closed and when they re-open. Consider how these examples could be adapted to meet the needs of your school context to complement each pupil's SPHE experience and to support their wellbeing. 

Video 1 Content Video 2 Content Video 3 Content
  • 1:01 - 5:58 Connecting to Calm and Confidence
  • 5:59 - 12:04 Supporting Children’s Wellbeing 
  • 12:05 - 15:58 Promoting Connection
  • 15:59 - 21:09 Promoting Connection
  • 21:10 - 23:20 Coping with Change and Loss
  • 23:21 - 26:01 Daily Movement Programme
  • 1:00 - 12:51 Smile Box
  • 12:52 - 15:37 Practical Wellbeing Activities
  • 15:38 - 16:24 Building Resilience
  • 16:25 - 18:39 Plastic Free 4 Kids
  • 1:00 - 2:39 Promoting Children's Emotional Intelligence and Resilience using a Thoughts and Feelings Journal
  • 2:40 - 13:42 Mindfulness and Wellbeing through the Visual Arts and SPHE



SPHE Resources






Core SPHE materials
SPHE Curriculum SPHE Teacher Guidelines SPHE Glance Cards Resource List SSE Support Materials for SPHE



Further Support Materials
Wellbeing Guidelines Health Promoting Schools Framework

Making the Links and Beyond 2017 


NCCA Guidelines for teaching children with GLD Webwise



Relevant Circulars
42/2018 Wellbeing - Best Practice for Primary Schools
81/2017 Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools
45/2013 Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools
13/2016 Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles in Primary Schools