SPHE Online Resource Portal


    Page Contents: 

1. Nurturing Whole School Community Wellbeing

2. Teacher Wellbeing

3. Student Wellbeing 

4. Registering for PDST SPHE Seminars

5. Curriculum Resources

6. Resources for Policy Development and Review

7. Resources for Planning in SPHE 



The Teaching Council Webinar Series: Episode 1 

'Learning from Home: from Online to Offline'



Click on the image above to access the first in a series of episodes called 'Learning for All', a webinar series developed to help support learning from home during these changing times. This first episode is called 'Learning from Home: from Online to Offline' and is hosted by Thomas O Ruairc, Director of the Teaching Council.

A number of key themes arose during this webinar. Challenges that exist with nurturing connections within the school community, navigating online communication with students and juggling work and home commitments were all highlighted. 

Consequently, the resources below have been developed to reflect these challenges and to support teachers in a practical manner while traversing these changing times. 


Nurturing Whole School Community Wellbeing



Click on the image above to learn how to generate a Digital Newsletter in order to communicate with your school community.



Getting started with video conferencing- A useful set of ground rules you may like to share with students before getting started.



Click on the image above to access a document with tips on how to communicate with teachers and students in an online space. 



Click on the above image to access an instructional screencast demonstrating the  creation of an automated email reply



Click on the image above to learn how to send an email at a later date/ time. The email can be compiled outside of work hours, but scheduled to be send at a later time/ date

Video on how to create a  Digital Newsletter

Tips on establising 'Ground Rules' when engaging with video calls  Communicating with our school communities  Screecast explaining how to set up 'Out of Office Reply' on you email account Screencast explaining how to 'Schedule Send and Email' 


Teacher Wellbeing 

Click on the image below to access Teacher Wellbeing resources



Student Wellbeing
These resources are not suggestive nor exhaustive and are to be used at teacher's discretion.



Mental Health Support during COVID-19 Looking after your Mental Health Mental Health Relaxation Little Things Campaign 5 Ways to Wellbeing in tough times Positive Health and Wellbeing



Samaritans Saint Patrick's COVID-19 advice Walk in my Shoes Jigsaw Jigsaw: Advice during COVID-19 Pieta House



The Sleep Programme Acts of Kindness  Rainbows Ireland Coping Skills Calm Irish Dairy Council: New Ways of Working



Spunout  Irish Heart Foundation Gentle Exercises Mindfulness for Children Study Skills Tips Podcasts



Registering for SPHE Seminars 

Populated below are a suite of resources to support teaching and learning in SPHE. The PDST provides continuous professional development to support teaching and learning in SPHE in both junior and senior cycle. Click on the link below to register for upcoming training. 


Post Primary SPHE Curriculum Resources 


Anti Bullying Resources

#UpToUs  Cool School's Programme  Bullying Teacher Advice ISPCC Shield My School RU Being Bullied


Internet Safety







Lockers English Version Lockers Irish Version BinCTRL English Version BinCTRL Irish Version Connected English Version



Connected Irish Version Parents Guide to A Better Internet       


Mental Health Resources






Physical and Mental Health  Mental Ill Health 

Mental Illness


Treatment Care





Society and Mental Health Attitudes  Mental Health and You   Supplementary Resources

Building Resilience and Wellbeing

Mental Health Resource for Youth Workers and Volunteers


On My Own Two Feet



School Handbook Assertive Communication Consequences Decison Making Identity and Self Esteem




Feelings Understanding Influences Workcards    


Personal Safety



Chid Protection Procedures 2017 Junior Cycle Personal Safety Lesons Senior Cycle Personal Safety Lessons    


Relationship and Sexuality



Advice for teaching RSE

Junior Cycle RSE Resource

Advice for Parents

Junior Cycle RSE Resource Materials  Junior and Senior Cycle LGBT Resource 





Senior Cycle RSE Resource Materials Senior Cycle RSE TRUST Resource  RSE SEN Resource List RSE:Mild Learning Difficulties Senior Cycle RSE TRUST: As Gaeilge


The videos associated with the TRUST resource and GULGBT resource are available here at www. sexualwellbeing.ie


Substance Use


Junior Cycle-On my Own Two Feet- Consequences Resource Ask About Alcohol: A Parent's Guide Crosscare Don't Lose Your Head- support booklet for parents Senior Cycle Substance Use Resource: Know the Score Straight Talk: A guide for parents on teenage drinking


NYCI Support Manual



Resources for Policy Development and Review


Acceptable Use Policy





Webwise AUP Guidelines  Webwise Sample AUP 1 Webwise Sample AUP 2  DES Internet Safety Guidelines DES Internet Safety Template


Anti-Bullying Policy






Anti Bullying Procedures 2013 Action Plan on Bullying 2013 Anti- Bullying Policy Template    


Child Protection/ Child Safeguarding Statement 







Child Protection Procedures 2017 Child Protection Circular 81 2017 Mandatory Child Safeguarding Statement Template Mandatory Risk Assessment  Mandatory Template Checklist Review

 Additional Child Protection information available here

Code of Behaviour 




NEWB Guidelines  Circular 33 1991      





SPHE Handbook RSE Policy Guidelines Circular 43 2018 A Guide to CPSI Inspections RSE Interim Guidelines




RSE Policy Development Guidelines RSE Policy Sample Template Tips for developing an RSE Policy    


Substance Use




Guidelines for developing a Substance Use Policy Sample SU Policy Substance Use Policy Template    


Planning Resources 


Wellbeing Guidelines available here 
Key Skills for Junior Cycle Framework available here 
Wellbeing Indicators available here 
Statement of Learning; Junior Cycle Framework available here 
Junior Cycle Framework Key Skills available here 
Junior Cycle Short Course Booklet available here 
Junior Cycle SPHE Specification available here 
SPHE Short Course Specification CBA (Classroom Based Assessment) available here 
Junior Cycle SPHE Short Course Planning Template available here 
SPHE Senior Cycle Curriculum Booklet available here 
Planning a Senior Cycle SPHE Curriculum available here 
Supporting Students with Mild General Learning Disabilities available here 
SPHE Checklist available here 


NCCA Focus on Learning Booklets








Learning Intentions and Success Criteria Effective Questioning  Formative Feedback Students reflecting on their Learning Learning Outcomes Ongoing Reporting