The teaching and learning of Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) provides a unique space where students can develop the knowledge, understanding, skills, dispositions and values needed to support their physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing, now and in the future. 


The SPHE course is grounded in values of respect, equality, inclusivity, responsibility, dignity, compassion and empathy. 
Adolescence is a time of important change and challenge for young people as they come to a clearer sense of their identity and gain a more secure sense of who they are. The lifelong process of ‘becoming your own person’ and gaining a secure sense of identity is a prime developmental concern in adolescence. All young people need knowledge and skills to help them develop a strong sense of self, make informed and healthy decisions, be able to take care of themselves and others, and manage life’s challenges. 
This course places a strong focus on the development of important life skills that young people need growing up in a fast changing and complex world. Specifically, it focuses on developing the core social and emotional skills of self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness and relationship skills. 
First year students are covering the updated 2023  Short Course in Social, Personal & Health Education (SPHE). A link to the course outline is here:  https://www.curriculumonline.ie/getmedia/ca8f8975-50ca-4dc3-bba5-a04e25b4f978/JC_SPHE_Short_Course_2023.pdf 
Second and Third year students are covering the 2016 Short Course in Social, Personal & Health Education. A link to the course outline is here:  https://www.curriculumonline.ie/getmedia/10a6e6be-40dd-425b-9463-dabfb2131fcd/NCCA-JC-Short-Course-SPHE.pdf
At senior cycle, students partake in classes addressing the core topics of; Mental Health, Gender Studies, Substance Use and Relationships and Sexuality Education. A link to the course outline and content can be found here: https://www.curriculumonline.ie/Senior-Cycle/SPHE/SPHE-Toolkit/Resources-for-learning-and-teaching-SPHE-RSE/ 
The following resources, compiled by the HSE and Webwise, may be of assistance to parents when addressing some of the topics that are of concern to young people: