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  1. Training matters: a framework for core competencies of sexuality educators

    This framework focuses on sexuality educators and the competencies they should have, or develop, in order to conduct sexuality education. It is primarily addressed to those who conduct the training of sexuality educators and to experts who develop the relevant curricula for this kind of training. It can also guide sexuality educators themselves in their own professional and personal development. The framework is intended to provide support and to facilitate the implementation of training programmes for sexuality educators and/or improve the quality of existing programmes. …

  2. Statutory PSHE education: meaningful change supported by busy teachers and school leaders

    The purpose of this report is to show how statutory personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education as an entire subject, including but not limited to relationships and sex education (RSE), can be implemented in a way that brings significant benefits while minimising impact on teacher workload and school funding. The PSHE Association Strategic Partners Group urges the Education Secretary and his Department to seize the opportunity to ensure all school children benefit from good quality PSHE education and proceed to consult on statutory regulations for PSHE education in its entirety. …

  3. Trends in health behaviours, health outcomes and contextual factors between 1998-2014: findings from the Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study

    The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) trends report presents findings on indicators of children’s health and wellbeing between 1998 and 2014. The report is divided into three sections: health behaviours, health outcomes and contexts of children’s lives.

  4. Improving young people’s health and wellbeing through a school health research network: reflections on school–researcher engagement at the national level

    The School Health Research Network is a policy–practice–research partnership established in Wales in 2013. The network aims to: provide health and well-being data for national, regional and local stakeholders, including schools; co-produce school-based health improvement research for Wales; and build capacity for evidence-informed practice in the school health community. …

  5. A model for the delivery of evidence-based PSHE (personal wellbeing) in secondary schools

    Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a non-statutory school subject designed to facilitate the delivery of a number of key competencies relevant to health, safety and wellbeing. As well as contributing to learning objectives in regards to these topics PSHE education has been ascribed with weighty expectations for outcomes well beyond the classroom relating to physical, mental, sexual and emotional health and safety. …

  6. Systematic review of the role of external contributors in school substance use education

    Purpose: A literature review was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of external contributors (anyone other than a teacher at the school) in delivering school‐based drug, alcohol and tobacco education (substance use education) programmes. Design/methodology/approach: The review focused upon literature published from 1990 onwards in English. Published reports were identified via electronic searches, supplemented by hand searching of relevant journals. Relevant organisations and individuals were contacted to identify low circulation, difficult to acquire (grey) literature. …

  7. Lifeskills survey 2015: report on survey findings

    The findings from the 2015 Lifeskills Survey highlight, as in the 2009 and 2012 surveys, the very good work that schools do to equip their students with a range of essential Lifeskills; including physical activity and healthy eating, aspects of Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) and Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE), as well as addressing anti-bullying, substance use and road safety. In 2015 the survey included Youthreach Centres and Community Training Centres (CTC) for the first time. The survey is conducted entirely online. …

  8. Healthy eating in schools: a guide to implementing the nutritional requirements for food and drink in schools (Scotland) regulations 2008

    The Act gives Scottish Ministers the power to set nutritional requirements for food and drinks in schools by Regulations. This guidance is intended to help those who are involved in providing food and drinks in schools to implement the Regulations. It explains the nutritional requirements in the Regulations and provides guidance on how to comply with them. The guidance also makes recommendations on other practical aspects not covered by the Regulations.

  9. What is best practice in sex and relationship education? A synthesis of evidence, including stakeholders’ views

    Sex and relationship education (SRE) is regarded as vital to improving young people's sexual health, but a third of schools in England lacks good SRE and government guidance is outdated. The authors aimed to identify what makes SRE programmes effective, acceptable, sustainable and capable of faithful implementation. […] They identified key features of effective and acceptable SRE. Their best practice criteria can be used to evaluate existing programmes, contribute to the development of new programmes and inform consultations around statutory SRE.

  10. Draft Declaration: Partnerships for the health and well-being of our young and future generations and Draft Regional Framework

    The Declaration calls the Member States, civil society and international organizations to act urgently to address health inequalities and improve the social and economic determinants of health. The Declaration explicitly recognized the role of schools and preschools in promoting health and well-being for all children and adolescents. It acknowledged that inclusive and equitable education is a key determinant of their health and well-being. …

  11. Thematic paper 2: Schools and pre-schools promoting health and well-being for all children and adolescents

    This thematic paper on schools and pre-schools promoting health and well-being for all children and adolescents was produced to support and inform discussion at the high-level conference in Paris. …

  12. Compendium of case studies: partnerships for the health and well-being of our young and future generations

    This compendium of case studies and case stories has been compiled to demonstrate examples of cooperation between (1) the health and education sectors and (2) the health and social sectors within the WHO European Region. The purpose of the compendium is to serve as a tool to support countries in implementing appropriate intersectoral policies and interventions to improve the health and well-being of children and adolescents and mitigate health inequalities among children. …

  13. National sexual health strategy 2015 - 2020 and action plan 2015 - 2016

    The strategic goals of the Strategy are: Everyone in Ireland will receive comprehensive and age-appropriate sexual health education/information and will have access to appropriate prevention and promotion services; Equitable, accessible and high quality sexual health services, which are targeted and tailored to need, will be available to everyone; and Robust and high quality sexual health information will be generated to underpin policy, practice, service planning and strategic monitoring. …

  14. Is there a need for a European-wide initiative on comprehensive sexuality education? Reflections from Croatia

    This commentary concerns the policy brief published in this issue (European Expert Group on Sexuality Education 2015). It reflects the author’s experiences with the outcomes of efforts to introduce sexuality education in Croatia, followed by a brief history of events related to the recent introduction of sexuality education in Croatian primary and secondary schools.

  15. Schools for Health in Ireland: co-ordinator’s handbook for developing a health promoting school. Post-primary

    This co-ordinator’s handbook has been developed to assist schools with the implementation of the framework for developing a health promoting school at post-primary level.

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