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Resources for learning and teaching SPHE/RSE

These resources are listed to support teachers in planning for teaching and learning in senior cycle SPHE. They are not a prescriptive list of teaching resources as each teacher/school and class will decide what resources are best suited to their needs. Young people in senior cycle are typically from 15- 18/19 years. They will be at different stages of emotional, social and physical development and they will bring a wide variation of life experiences to their learning in SPHE/RSE.  These resources* have been selected because they were developed for this age group by a state agency or organisation with a proven educational track record in the area of SPHE/RSE. The resources have been carefully mapped against the learning outcomes of the senior cycle SPHE framework to facilitate planning. However, the relevance and appropriateness of each one for a particular class needs to be considered by the class teacher as the teacher is best placed to discern what resource is suited to supporting learning for their students’ unique needs, stage of development and school context.

Aim: Senior cycle SPHE aims to support students in making choices for health and wellbeing

*Resources are hyperlinked throughout the toolkit - to acess a resource please click on the hyperlink. These links bring you to external sites. 

Mental health  

 

Defining mental health

 

Mindout 2:This is is a programme of 12 lessons for 15-18 yr olds, developed by the HSE to support young people’s social and emotional wellbeing. The programme focuses on the development of 5 core competencies for social and emotional learning - self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management and responsible decision-making. Further information and training available by contacting HSE [email protected]

 

Self-awareness and personal skills

 

Little Things Campaign (HSE): This campaign focuses on sharing evidence-based, simple and powerful day-to-day steps – little things that we can all do to protect our mental health.

Dove Choose Beautiful: This short video is a good conversation starter about body image and self esteem

Bodywise information sheet about eating disorders: Advice and support for teachers

BodyWhys has developed a range of resources to support learning and teaching about eating disorders and body image issues and critical media literacy among adolescents. Available on request from [email protected]

 

Emotional health

 

MindYourSelfie: Resources developed by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services to help young people combat life’s stresses and promote positive mental health in their lives.

Jigsaw online: The National Centre for Youth Mental Health website provides young people with information and support to help them deal with a range of challenges.

Relaxation techniques: (DE/NEPS)

Just Breath: Short video about anger and using breath to manage anger ( Mindful Schools)

 

Stress management

 

Wellbeing toolkit for post primary schools: A resource produced by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) in the context of Covid-19 which is also useful in a wider context

Study-stressReachout is Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people. Activities here include suggestions for how to adopt a growth mindset, how to manage stress and tips for building effective study habits.

Jigsaw: The National Centre for Youth Mental Health website provides information and support to help them deal with a range of challenges.

 

Bereavement and loss

 

Parenting positively: Helping teenagers to deal with death: Resources developed by TUSLA

Experiencing grief and loss: An information sheet for young people about grief and loss from the Australian youth mental health foundation.

Dealing with Grief and Loss: Information for young people from jigsawonline.ie

Resources to support young people dealing with death: Expert resources developed by Barnardos

 

Mental ill-health and mental illness

 

Mental health: Reachout is Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people. This site provides suggestions on how to increase students’ knowledge of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

JigsawOnline: This wesbite has information, exercises and tools that young people may find helpful to support their mental health and help deal with difficulties. 

Living with the Black Dog: A WHO short video that provides a guide for carers, family and those living with or suffering from depression.

 

Being health literate


Guidance: Guidance on how to identify reliable and age appropriate websites.

 

Sample sites to review with students to build health literacy skills

 

Looking after your mental health: A HSE website

Mind My Selfie: A website with resources for young people

Barnardos: Resources for young people 

BelongTo: An organization working to ensure that LGBTI+ young people are equal, safe, and valued in the diversity of their identities and experiences.

Reachout: Reachout is Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people.

Jigsaw/working with young people: Here you can take an online course about building mental health literacy and learn how to promote positive mental health in schools.

 

Dealing with abusive behaviour

 

Senior Cycle Personal Safety Resource Pack: A programme of lessons developed by the PDST that explores relationships, consent, domestic and gender-based violence and much more.

BodyRight: A set of 4 workshops developed by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre to teach about sexual violence, consent, online coercion and supporting someone who has been abused.

Jesy Nelson’s Odd One Out documentary about online bullying: Provides a stimulus to discuss different types of abusive and bullying behavior and its impact on individuals and their relationships.

 

Background information

Jigsaw/working with parents: This provides information created by Jigsaw Clinicians about how parents and guardians can support young people’s mental health.

A Mental health resource for Youth workers and VolunteersThis resource provides a comprehensive overview of youth mental health.

 

Gender studies  

 

Difference between sex and gender

 

Gender identity and gender expression e-resources for second level schools: This resource was designed by the University of Limerick to help teachers to understand and support diversity of gender identities

Through the Looking Glass: A Guide to Empowering Young People to Become Advocates for Gender Equality: Teaching and learning resources developed by the National Women’s Council of Ireland

 

 

Gender and cultural differences

 

Self-awareness

 

Being health literate

 

Different gender experiences of health and wellbeing

 

Gender, power and authority 

 

Substance Use  

 

Substance use and misuse

 

Know the score: Developed by the HSE, this is a comprehensive set of lessons to support teachers in facilitating learning about substance use and misuse with senior cycle students.  Three videos supporting this resource and information about training available here. 

 

Background information

Substance use information and resources for teachers developed by the HSE

Ask about alcohol: HSE website with information about how alcohol affects health and wellbeing

Drugs and Alcohol InformationA guide to understanding substances and substance abuse for teachers

Alcohol and drugs: A parent’s guide

Straight talk: A guide for parents on teenage drinking  

 

Self awareness and personal skills

 

Relationship skills

 

Stress management

 

Mindout 2: This is a programme of 12 lessons for 15-18 yr olds developed by the HSE to support young people’s social and emotional wellbeing. For information on training contact [email protected] 

 

Relationships and Sexuality Education  

 

Self-awareness and personal skills

 

Yes Project: Developed by Youth Work Ireland to support RSE in informal education settings

Section 1, Activity three Comfort Stretch Panic

 

B4udecide: This resource was developed for junior cycle and particular lessons that might also be useful in the context of senior cycle teaching and learning are listed below

Session 5: Influence of the media 

Session 6:  The Influence of friends

Session 7: Values

Session 8: Making decisions

Session 9: Self-esteem

 

 

Relationships

 

TRUST: The TRUST Resource was developed in response to requests from teachers and students for Irish resource materials for Senior Cycle RSE. 

Section 1: Relationships

 

B4udecide: This resource was developed for junior cycle and particular lessons that might also be useful in the context of senior cycle teaching and learning are listed below

Session 3: Friendships 

Session 4: Healthy friendships

Session 10: Building a relationship

Session 11: Rights and responsibilities in a relationship.

Session 12: Age of consent

Session 13: Relationships Pressures

 

BodyRight: A set of 4 workshops developed by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre to teach about sexual violence, consent, online coercion and supporting someone who has been abused.

Let’s Get Real: A programme developed by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre that educates young people about the impact of the media, culture and pornography on relationships

Consent – What do I need to know?: A fact sheet developed by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

Tea and Consent video

Cycling through consent video

Teaching about consent at key stages 3 and 4: (PSHE Association UK)

 

Sexual and reproductive health

 

TRUST: The TRUST Resource was developed in response to requests from teachers and students for Irish resource materials for Senior Cycle RSE. 

Section 2: Taking time to think

Section 3: Sexual Health

 

B4udecide: This resource was developed for junior cycle and particular lessons that might also be useful in the context of senior cycle teaching and learning are listed below

Session 15: Teenage Pregnancy

Session 16: Sexually Transmitted Infections

 

Background Information

 

Talking about Sexual Health: This resource is designed to support youth workers to identify opportunities and to open up conversations with young people about sexual health and staying safe.

 

Sexual identity

 

TRUST: The TRUST Resource was developed in response to requests from teachers and students for Irish resource materials for Senior Cycle RSE. 

Lesson 10: Sexual Orientation

 

Background Information

Gender identity and gender expression e-resources for second level schools: This resource is designed to help teachers to understand and support diversity of gender identities 

Belong TOWebsite providing advice and support for LGBT young people

Transforming the classroom: Supporting Trans Young People in Schools (TENI)

Being LGBT in school: A Resource for Post-Primary Schools to Prevent Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying and Support LGBT Students

 

Personal rights and personal safety

 

Senior Cycle Personal Safety Resource: A resource developed by PDST which explores a range of topics including Anger and conflict; Anger and violence; Negotiating and managing conflict; Domestic violence; Sexual violence; Dating violence and rape

BodyRight: A set of 4 workshops developed by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre to teach about sexual violence, consent, online coercion and supporting someone who has been abused.

 

Background information

Why is Porn an issue for schools? Ideas for schools on how to implement a broad, proactive approach to preventing the harms associated with pervasive and often-aggressive pornography.

Pornography – What do you need to know?: A fact sheet developed by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

It’s Time We Talked: This is an Australian website which aims to address the harm associated with children and young people’s exposure to and consumption of pornography.

 

Being health literate

 

Guidance: A tool to identify reliable and age appropriate websites

Spunout

BeWiser: West of Ireland sex education resource developed by Sexual Health West – possible site to review and critique

Sexual Wellbeing: A website developed by the HSE to provide advice and information on all aspects of sexual health

 

Physical activity and nutrition  

There is considerable overlap of learning between the learning outcomes in this section of the SPHE course and learning in leaving certificate PE that will benefit from collaborative planning and coordination across the PE and SPHE teams.