Health Information for Teachers


Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HSBC)

– The HBSC research network is an international alliance of researchers that collaborate on the cross-national survey of school students. The HBSC collects data every four years on 11-, 13- and 15-year-old boys’ and girls’ health and well-being, social environments and health behaviours. These years mark a period of increased autonomy that can influence how their health and health-related behaviours develop. HBSC now includes 45 countries and regions across Europe and North America.

It contains factsheets and interactive visualisations on some of the key areas and findings such as alcohol, bullying, mental health and sexuality.



Child Welfare


Department of Education Child Protection information and Child Protection Procedures in Schools website or pdf.

TUI Student Welfare and Child Protection resources

Department of Education information on Child Protection

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Learning difficulties/Special needs


INTO Special Education section and Reports and Resources on Special needs.

TUI Special Educational Needs resources

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment – “Special educational needs pathway” provides support material for teachers.  

Dept of Education Special needs resources

Special Education Support Service – Includes resources and publications, support for schools and professional development in relation to the teaching of children with special needs

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Dealing with chronic conditions


HSE information on the management of infectious diseases in schools  and in pdf

Tusla Guide to Infection Prevention & Control for Childcare Facilities

INTO information on managing chronic conditions in school

Managing Chronic Health Conditions at School  (pdf) – A resource pack collated by the Asthma Society of Ireland, Diabetes Federation of Ireland, Brainwave the Irish Epilepsy Association and Anaphylaxis Ireland to help teachers faced with the challenge of supporting a student with these conditions in school.

Asthma for teachers and carers (Asthma Society of Ireland)  and Asthma Management Advice for Schools (pdf)

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Health Literacy  – Health Literacy resources

Information on what Health literacy is and links to resources from NALA (National Adult Literacy Agency)

HSE information on Health Literacy

Department of Education resources on Public Health issues

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Staff mental health/Occupational health


Department of Education Employee Assistance Wellbeing Programme

Department of Education information on Occupational Health



Student Mental Health/Bullying

National Educational Psychological Service – provides psychological services in primary and post-primary schools.

Department of Education Anti-Bullying Procedures in Schools (includes links and resources).

Tusla School Support Services

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Social Media

PDST Technology in Education videos on using the internet and social media safely.

Safer Internet day activities for schools.




Sexuality/Sex Education


Dept of Education Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) LGBT Safe and Supportive School’s Toolkit


Promoting healthy lifestyle

HSE Healthy Eating Guidelines

HSE Healthy eating tips and resources

Active Schools website

Schools for Health in Ireland provides a framework for a school to assess health needs and begin a process of working towards better health for all who learn and work within the school setting. It also contains HSE Schools’ Health Promotion Teams contact details.

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Health & Safety


Department of Education health and safety guidelines

Health and Safety Authority Safety and Health in Education guides and resources

Road Safety Authority’s teaching resources 



Drugs & Alcohol


ASTI Guidelines for Developing a School Substance Use Policy

Department of Education guidelines for developing a school substance use policy

INTO Alcohol and Drug Misuse Policy

Guides and support booklets from (run by The Ana Liffey Drug Project and funded by the HSE)

Department of Education policies and guidelines on substance abuse.

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