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  1. Management of infectious disease in schools

    These guidelines were designed to assist schools to prevent or minimise the spread of infection, illness and disease to staff, pupils and others (such as student teachers and volunteers). They were primarily developed for use by teachers in primary and secondary schools. They aim to raise awareness about common and important infectious diseases and provide guidance on the prevention and management of infectious diseases in educational settings.

  2. Guidance for Educational Settings [COVID-19]

    Guidance for Educational Settings [COVID-19]

  3. Relationships and sexuality education policy guide for primary schools

    All schools are required to have an RSE policy to detail how RSE is taught in the school, including the sensitive aspects. This policy is an approved approach to the teaching of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE). It was developed to inform teachers and parents as to what material is covered in the RSE programme within SPHE both formally and informally.

  4. Taking the temperature: developing and piloting an LGBT-positive school climate evaluation tool for post-primary schools in Ireland

    The project set out to develop and pilot a survey tool, which second-level schools can use to evaluate the positivity of their school climate and culture in relation to attitudes towards difference and diversity, with specific reference to LGBT identity. It was envisaged that the tool would be particularly useful in preventing / dealing with homophobic and transphobic bullying.

  5. Nutrition standards for school meals

    The School Meals (Local Projects) Scheme is an administrative scheme, operated directly by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. The Scheme provides funding to primary and post-primary schools, local groups, voluntary organisations and community-based not-for-profit preschools operating their own school meals projects. […]. These Standards aim to ensure that children and young people in schools participating in the scheme are provided with healthy balanced meals that follow the Healthy Eating Guidelines. …

  6. 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.

  7. Schools for Health in Ireland: framework for developing a health promoting school. Post- primary

    This publication offers a framework to schools against which they can look at their school, assess health needs and begin a process of working towards better health for all members of the school community. The framework outlines the Health Promoting School (HPS) concept including its aims, core values and criteria. It briefly outlines the process of work involved in becoming a Health Promoting School. The framework is written for all members of the school community – students, staff and visitors. …

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

  9. Schools for Health in Ireland: framework for developing a health promoting school. Primary

    This framework has been developed by an inter-departmental group to support and guide those interested and involved in what can be done to promote health in primary schools. It provides a brief outline of the ideas behind the Health Promoting School (HPS). In addition, it explains how and why the promotion of health and well-being in schools is important. Health promotion in schools can be defined as any activity undertaken to improve and/or protect the health of all school users. It is, therefore, a broader concept than health education. …

  10. Being LGBT in school: a resource for post-primary schools to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying and support LGBT students

    This resource is intended to provide support to key individuals as they fulfil their responsibilities in ensuring that their school is safe, supportive and affirming of all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, students perceived to be LGBT and students who have close family members (parents, siblings, etc.) who are LGBT.

  11. Guidelines for developing a school substance use policy

    The National Drugs Strategy 2001-2008 sets out a detailed programme of action to be implemented by Government Departments and Agencies to combat the very serious problem of drug misuse in our society. The strategy highlights the important contribution that schools can make in the area of education and prevention, and requires them to have substance use policies in place. The central objective of a school’s substance use policy is the welfare, care and protection of every young person in line with the Education Act, 1998 and the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000. …

  12. Including lesbian, gay and bisexual students in school policies: guidelines for principals

    In 2009 the Department of Education and Skills and GLEN – Gay and Lesbian Equality Network issued guidance to schools on sexual orientation issues - Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students: Guidance for Principals and School Leader. The guidelines suggest that school policies should expressly include reference to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. To complement the Guidance and to support the recommended inclusion of LGBT students NAPD and GLEN have developed this resource with the cooperation of the Department of Education and Skills.

  13. Guidelines: children living in the context of HIV and AIDS

    The guidelines are intended for use by Irish Aid staff working on poverty alleviation, risk and vulnerability, health, education and HIV issues in country programmes and at regional and HQ levels. They should serve as a guide for policy dialogue and to inform engagement with country governments, regional bodies, other donors, multilateral agencies and NGOs. This guidance document has posited priority issues and responses to children living in the context of HIV and AIDS within four key policy areas already prioritised within Irish Aid. …

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