Health & Wellbeing

An Up-to-date and Enhanced Package for the NEW Junior Cycle SPHE Specification

Edco’s NEW Health and Wellbeing: SPHE 2 and 3, together with Health and Wellbeing: SPHE 1, fully meet the requirements of the 2023 Junior Cycle SPHE Course specification and all of the learning outcomes of the SPHE element of Wellbeing, as outlined in the SPHE specification.

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The complete Package for Edco’s NEW Health and Wellbeing: SPHE 1, 2 and 3 contains:

  • Student Textbooks
  • Teacher’s Resource Books
  • Digital Resources


  • All four strands of the SPHE course are fully
    developed and cross-referenced throughout the three years, giving the learning in SPHE continuity, coherence and consistency
  • Easy-to-read, bright and attractive design, with full-colour illustrations and engaging photos
  • Use easily understandable and age-appropriate language
  • Include new and updated, age-appropriate sections on empathy, diversity, emotional health, addiction, cyber safety, media and young people, RSE, mindfulness, stress management and relaxation techniques
  • Comprehensively address all elements of the established SPHE programme
  • Not ‘one size fits all’ lesson-based textbooks – the books allow class groups the flexibility to progress through each unit at their own pace
  • Include a wide range of activities and assessment techniques which acknowledge the different learning styles and varying needs of students
  • Learning intentions given for each unit, with
    quizzes and activities to establish students’ level of knowledge
  • ‘Reflections’ allow students to reflect on their learning and to keep a record of it, facilitating the completion of classroom-based assessments (CBAs) and student portfolios
  • Throughout Health and Wellbeing: SPHE 2 and 3, CBA icons highlight information that could be the basis for the student’s Classroom-Based Assessment. At the end of each unit, a ‘CBA ideas from this unit’ section lets them note areas of interest as they go through the course
  • In Health and Wellbeing: SPHE 2 and 3, a dedicated introductory section gives students in-depth guidelines on approaching the CBA
  • Assessment is fully integrated into the books, with student activities, reflections and specific assessment actions threaded throughout each unit
  • Key words are listed at the beginning of each unit and explained throughout the text
  • Wellbeing indicators are included for each activity


 Free Teacher’s Resource Books supporting this series provide:

  • Practical guidelines for implementing the New 2023 SPHE specification in a student-centred and empathetic way
  • Additional background information, as necessary
  • An extensive section on teaching SPHE, including Planning, Assessment for Learning, Classroom-Based Assessment, SPHE and Interculturalism, SPHE policy, Record-keeping and Reporting to parents
  • reference section, including website links, enabling both students and teachers to remain up-to-date on the full range of topics
  • Ways in which the activities may be adapted for varying classroom situations and a range of abilities, including suggestions for differentiation and classroom management
  • Alternative methodologies suitable for mixed-ability classes, pair and group-work
  • Solutions to quizzes and crosswords


Teachers can access the Health and Wellbeing: SPHE 1, 2 and 3 interactive e-books at, as well as a bank of free digital resources, including:

  • A series of PowerPoints covering a range of key topics, including stress management, emotional
    health, addiction and relationships
  • Lively, scenario-based animations and informational videos for students to discuss in the classroom
  • Interactive quizzes to consolidate learning
  • Worksheets to accompany animations
  • A comprehensive list of weblinks for each unit

E-books and Digital Resources Available on