Health education endeavours to foster personal and social skills relevant to the development of healthy life-styles; to help pupils to make responsible decisions regarding the way they live their lives; to increase the capacity of pupils to attain their full physical, psychological and social health potential.
The achievement of these aims for all pupils will be influenced by the climate of the school and classroom, by the organisation and teaching methods used, by the school’s approach to pupils’ personal difficulties, as well as by the wider educational, social and spiritual values transmitted by the school.
The following themes are suggested:
· Health as a positive concept
· Safety education and first aid
· Relationships and sex education
· Substance use and abuse
· Mental health
· Nutrition and physical health; exercise, fitness and leisure
(D.E.S. (1993) - Transition Year Programmes - Guidelines for Schools)
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