Upcoming SPHE Network Events


The launch of the SPHE Network Conference Proceedings 2018. Details coming soon!


The SPHE Conference 2021 with a focus on Media Education. Details coming soon




Conference Programme 



We are delighted to invite you to participate in the fourth conference of the SPHE Network.  This conference aims to bring together academics, teachers, student teachers, postgraduate students, health professionals, policy-makers, NGOs and the wider education community, to engage in dialogue about diversities in today’s society with a particular focus on how it is interpreted and addressed within the SPHE curriculum.  Our approach emphasises participation and the sharing of ideas and experiences. The conference will include keynote and paper presentations, workshops and poster displays.  It will also include a TeachMeet.  We particularly welcome current research, and/or examples of innovative pedagogies, materials and practices at early childhood, primary, post-primary level and third level.

This SPHE Network conference is entitled ‘Diversities: Interpretations in the Context of SPHE’.  This conference aims at engaging in an in-depth reflection on the concept of diversities in the context of 21st century Ireland and beyond. Using Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) as the critical lens, many perspectives on diversities will be explored with a view to determining how they are interpreted in, and supported by, the SPHE curriculum. The keynote presentations will invite the audience to engage with the complexities embedded within this concept. Parallel sessions and  workshops will explore and deconstruct the key theme.  Participants will also be provided with the opportunity to review a variety of poster presentations on the theme.  This conference will appeal to all with an interest in how the concept of diversities is evolving and expanding in current society. The significance of the theme for ongoing reviews of the Irish curriculum, including aspects of SPHE, forms an important backdrop to the deliberations of the 2018 conference.   Our keynote speakers are Prof. Kathleen Lynch, Full Professor of Equality Studies, UCD and Ms. Sinéad Burke, Academic, Writer and Advocate.

This call for papers, posters and workshop proposals is now open.  Papers reflecting the latest research and practice on interpreting diversities within SPHE are welcome. Applicants may be interested in providing a workshop session rather than an academic paper and are encouraged to consider interactive and reflective forms of presentation, where their material lends itself to these approaches.  Posters will also be welcome for display, particularly from student teachers and newly-qualified teachers.


Previous SPHE Events




SPHE Network Conference 2018. Diversities: Interpretations in the Context of SPHE



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View the SPHE Network 2016 Event Galleries here


SPHE Network Conference 2016: Citizenship Education 100 Years On

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View the SPHE Network 2016 Event Galleries here

View a conference proceedings paper titled Modelling Key Skills of Global Citizenship through Restorative Practices by Rosalind Duke here

SPHE Network Conference 2014: Understanding Well-Being in Changing Times: The Role of SPHE

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View the SPHE Network 2014 Event Galleries here

SPHE Network Conference 2012: The Future of SPHE: Problems and Possibilities

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Conference Proceedings