Consultation phase on the draft Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum (including Relationships and Sexuality Education) for Junior Cycle

A subject development group with wide-ranging membership has developed a draft curriculum for SPHE, including RSE, for junior cycle and this has now been published for consultation on the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment website.

The Kildare Senator said, “The opening of this consultation phase of the review of relationships and sexuality education for junior cycle pupils is an important step for ensuring we have a modern and healthy curriculum which informs our children so that they can make healthy life choices for their own wellbeing. As my parties spokesperson on Education I have been working closely with Minister Foley and her team to see RSE prioritised.

“I have long campaigned on this issue and have been calling for a review of the RSE curriculum since 2016.

“As chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Education in the last Dáil, I prioritised RSE and produced a report on the subject.

“It’s really important we transform the RSE curriculum and better prepare our young people for the realities of a more modern Ireland. 

“This new curriculum will eventually teach our children about healthy relationships, consent, gender identity, safe sexual activity and contraception, and the impacts of pornography and the sharing of digital media online.

“The consultation period is open today for a three month period and its important anyone who wishes to give a submission does so as the curriculum should be informed by a wide range of views.”

Submissions can be made at”