Educating children and young people about risks and how to protect themselves from danger has a significant impact on their health and wellbeing. They’re less likely to endure substance abuse, crime and mental health issues when risk factors are reduced and protective factors are enhanced.
Teachers should help their pupils learn how to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behaviour and social interactions. These should be based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and their own and others’ wellbeing.
Related key PDMU and LLW curriculum themes:
- Rules, Rights and Responsibilities
- Managing Conflict
- Similarities and Differences
- Learning to Live as Members of the Community.
The Working with Others and Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making strands of the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities framework are also relevant.
Living. Learning. Together.
This comprehensive programme provides seven themed colour-coded units for each primary school year from Year 1 to Year 7 – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. It suggests learning activities and methodologies for teachers. Each coloured unit identifies a PDMU statutory requirement and curriculum theme that is developed through suggested learning activities. The yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet units are particularly useful for this topic.
Relationships and Sexuality Education Guidance: Primary
This guidance outlines Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) issues and provides a context for how and why primary schools should address them. It also helps schools create a meaningful RSE policy, and helps principals and teachers manage potentially challenging situations. See our Relationships and Sexuality Education hub for guidance and resources on specific RSE topics.
Insync explores Personal Development issues at Years 8, 9 and 10. Specific themes – Feelings and Emotions, Managing Influences and Making Decisions, and Self-Concept – address the messages associated with positive mental health.
Active Citizenship links to the Local and Global Citizenship and Drama components of the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4. These resources examine topics such as democracy and lawfulness, the impact of organised crime and paramilitaries, and how pupils can make a positive contribution to their community and society.
Education plays a vital role in raising awareness and equipping pupils with the knowledge, skills and resilience to avoid homelessness. This resource aims to empower the next generation of young people to take action to prevent homelessness in the future. It caters for Key Stages 1 to 4, providing lessons and activities to support you to teach pupils about local and broader issues of homelessness in an age-appropriate way.
Relationships and Sexuality Education Guidance: Post-Primary
This guidance outlines Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) issues and provides a context for how and why post-primary schools should address them. It also helps schools create a meaningful RSE policy, and helps principals and teachers manage potentially challenging situations. See our Relationships and Sexuality Education hub for guidance and resources on specific RSE topics.
Smashed Online is an externally produced resource to educate and young people about the risks and dangers associated with underage drinking.
Special Educational Needs: Severe/Moderate Learning Difficulties Resources
For learners with cognitive learning difficulties, the following thematic units focus on developing understanding of personal development at an appropriate level.
To Be Me: Thematic Units
These units for primary aged learners support teachers in the planning, teaching and assessing of Personal Development and Mutual Understanding within the curriculum.
Post-Primary LLW Units
This range of LLW units for post-primary aged learners allows them to explore some of the issues and challenges that will face them as independent adults.
Primary, Post-Primary and SEN Resources
Drugs Education: Revised Guidance
This guidance outlines drugs education issues and provides a context for how and why schools should address them. It also helps schools create a meaningful drugs education policy, and helps principals and teachers manage potentially challenging situations.
Financial decisions have significant consequences for future financial wellbeing, making financial capability an important life skill. Being able to make sound financial decisions is key to identifying and making the best use of the opportunities in today’s changing world. Covering primary, post-primary and SEN, this site features information and resources that can help teachers deliver effective lessons in personal money management.
Relationships and Sexuality Education
Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) helps children and young people acquire knowledge, understanding and skills, and develop attitudes, beliefs and values about sexual identity, relationships and intimacy. Effective RSE, which is taught in a sensitive and inclusive manner, encourages children and young people to value themselves as individuals and to make responsible and well-informed decisions about their lives.