(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.
The Department of Education approved a new syllabus for Social, Personal and Health Education at Junior Cycle level, in Post-primary schools. SPHE was introduced in all schools on a phased basis from September 2000.
Students in The King's Hospital participating in the SPHE programme encounter a wide range of issues through a variety of learning experiences. These issues include physical and mental health, communication, relationships, sexuality, influences and decisions, substance use and safety. The emphasis is on building a foundation of skills, values, attitudes and understanding relevant to all these areas. Pupils attend one class per week in Forms 1,2 and 3 in preparation for the Junior Certificate examination.