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Ireland. Department of Education and Skills. (2017) Lifeskills survey 2015. Report on survey findings. Dublin: Department of Education and Skills.


The findings from the 2015 Lifeskills Survey highlight, as in the 2009 and 2012 surveys, the very good work that schools do to equip their students with a range of essential Lifeskills; including physical activity and healthy eating, aspects of Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) and Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE), as well as addressing anti-bullying, substance use and road safety. In 2015 the survey included Youthreach Centres and Community Training Centres (CTC) for the first time.

The survey is conducted entirely online. The 2015 survey continues to add to the longitudinal trends that now provide valuable information on many topics. The 2015 Survey issued to schools and centres in April 2015. It included new questions on:
 - links between primary schools and early years settings
- education for sustainable development
- interaction with the entrepreneurial sector – both business and social

The response rate in 2015 was 53% at primary level and 33% at post-primary level compared, in 2012, to 68% at primary and 52% at post-primary. This sample size in 2015, although lower than in 2012, is well representative of the two levels with a margin of error of about 2% at primary level and 5% at post-primary level.

The development of Lifeskills within educational settings will compliment work originating from other sectors including, for example, the Government's Healthy Ireland 2013 - 2025 agenda, the National Sexual Health Strategy published in 2015 and the National Physical Activity Plan published in 2016. Close collaboration between the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive enables this cross-sectoral work to become a reality.

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Irish-related, Report
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Department of Education and Skills
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