Background to iMatter programme
The ‘Pupils' Emotional Health and Wellbeing Programme’ is now called the ‘i Matter Programme’. This new title places particular emphasis on each of us as an individual and the importance of having a balanced life that is centred on being happy, whole and emotionally healthy.
iMatter homework diary inserts, posters and leaflets
The “iMatter” programme is intended to support the entire school community to be engaged in promoting resilient emotional health for all pupils. Under this programme a suite of homework diary inserts, leaflets and posters on topics of concern to young people such as self esteem, substance abuse and coping with stress, worry and anxiety, are distributed to post-primary schools, and available at the links below. The resources are designed for young people and provide hints and tips on coping with emotional issues. They include useful telephone numbers, websites and details of organisations that can provide assistance for particular problems.
All materials are available in English and Irish with posters available in Polish, Spanish, and French. The topics will be made available in other languages upon request.
New DE self-assessment audit tool for schools
There is considerable national and international research about the benefits of supporting emotional health and wellbeing in children and young people in school and the resulting positive impact on performance, attainment and behaviours.
In recognition of this and as a further development under the Department’s I-Matter Programme, Guidance (Circular 2018/07) has recently issued to schools announcing the launch of a new self-assessment audit tool to support school development planning in the area of emotional health and well-being.
The audit tool will support schools in assessing how their current processes support the development, implementation and on-going refinement of a whole school approach to the promotion of emotional health and wellbeing.
The main aim of the audit tool is to assist schools to:
• audit their practice across the full range of activities within the school;
• evaluate their practice and identify how they might improve and what further practice could/should be introduced;
• prepare a plan, as part of school development planning which sets out how pupils’ emotional health and wellbeing will be promoted and how the effectiveness of the plan will be evaluated; and
• consider the progress they are making to implement their plan.
Circular 2018/07 which provides full information about the audit tool and its use by schools can be viewed at: