23 February, 2018 - Minister Bruton announces first schools to study P.E. as Leaving Certificate subject

80 schools around the country to partake in the first phase of implementation

The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. today announced that schools across the country will be partaking in the first phase of the implementation of the new Physical Education for Senior Cycle programmes. 80 schools will implement either the examinable Physical Education Leaving Certificate subject or the new Senior Cycle Physical Education Framework which is not for examination, or both.

This announcement is part of the overall emphasis this Government is putting on encouraging healthy lifestyles and is a key commitment in the Action Plan for Education, which aims to make Ireland’s education and training system the best in Europe by 2026.

Students taking the new Leaving Certificate subject from September 2018 will sit the first Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) exam in 2020. The subject can be taken at both higher and ordinary levels. The new Senior Cycle Physical Education (SCPE) Framework, will provide a new modern curriculum for teachers to teach P.E. to all students at senior cycle.

A total of 369 schools applied to participate in the phase 1 roll-out, showing an outstanding demand across the country for Physical Education at Senior Cycle. The Minister said he was delighted that his Department had been able to offer places to so many schools for this first phase, and that the Department intends to roll out the new specification and Framework to all schools from 2020.

Speaking at one of the participating schools, Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School in Beaumont, Dublin 9, Minister Bruton said, “Physical activity is so important for our overall wellbeing, not just our physical fitness but for our mental health too. Participation in sports is also fantastic for developing a person’s confidence and team work skills. That’s why I am delighted to announce the schools who are participating in Phase 1 of Physical Education for the Leaving Certificate – both as an examinable subject and the non-examinable Framework. This was an important commitment in the Action Plan for Education and is in line with this government’s overall emphasis on promoting healthy lifestyles.”

The Minister thanked the NCCA for its work on developing the subject specification and the Framework and the PDST for developing the training programme for teachers. The Minister also acknowledged the important role that students, teachers, parents and stakeholders played in the consultation and in-depth research necessary to develop the specification and Framework. 

Notes for the Editors 

Leaving Certificate Physical Education Specification

The specification for Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) will provide learners with an opportunity to study physical education for the Leaving Certificate examination, providing an additional optional Leaving Certificate subject. 

The specification is presented in two strands. 

Strand 1 Topics:

  • Learning and improving skill and techniques.
  • Physical and psychological demands of performance.
  • Structures, strategies, roles and conventions.
  • Planning for optimum performance. 

Strand 2 Topics:

  • Promoting physical activity.
  • Ethics and fair play.
  • Physical activity and inclusion.
  • Technology, media and sport. 

There are three assessment components in LCPE: 

  1. Physical activity project – 20%.
  2. Performance assessment – 30%.
  3. Written examination – 50%. 

Framework for Senior Cycle Physical Education

The Framework for Senior Cycle Physical Education provides a structure for PE teachers to plan a broad and worthwhile programme in PE for students. The aim of the Framework is to encourage learners’ confident, enjoyable and informed participation in physical activity while in senior cycle and in their future lives. It will enable students to engage in meaningful learning through their engagement with the various curriculum models and hopefully create a pathway for lifelong involvement in physical activity. 

The Framework contains six curriculum models: 

  • Health-Related Physical Activity.
  • Sport Education.
  • Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity.
  • Adventure Education.
  • Personal and Social Responsibility.
  • Teaching Games for Understanding. 

List of Schools

1

Abbey Community College

Boyle

Co.Roscommon

 

2

Abbey Vocational School

The Glebe

Donegal Town

Co. Donegal

3

Ashbourne Community School

Deerpark

Ashbourne

Co. Meath

4

Beara Community School

Castletownbere

Beara

Co. Cork

5

Beaufort College

Trim Rd

Navan

Co. Meath

6

Belvedere College S.J

6 Great Denmark Street

Dublin 1

 

7

Borris Vocational School

Borris

Co Carlow

 

8

Borrisokane Community College

Borrisokane

Co Tipperary

 

9

Carndonagh Community School

Carndonagh

Lifford

Co. Donegal

10

Castleknock Community College

Carpenterstown Road

Castleknock

Dublin 15

11

Castletroy College

Newtown

Castletroy

Co. Limerick

12

Christian Brothers College

Sidney Hill

Wellington Road

Cork

13

Coláiste Abbain

Adamstown

Enniscorthy

Co. Wexford

14

Coláiste An Chroí Naofa

Carraig na bhFear

Co. Chorcaí

 

15

Coláiste Bride

Enniscorthy

Co. Wexford

 

16

Coláiste Choilm

Ballincollig

Co. Cork

 

17

Coláiste Cholmcille

College St

Ballyshannon

Co. Donegal

18

Colaiste Chraobh Abhann

Creowen

Kilcoole

Co. Wicklow

19

Coláiste Cois Life

Gleann an Ghrífín

Leamhcán

Co. Átha Cliath

20

Coláiste íde agus iosaef

Abbeyfeale

Co. Limerick

 

21

Colaiste Mhuire

Askeaton

Co. Limerick

 

22

Coláiste Naomh Mhuire

Convent Of Mercy

Sallins Rd.

Naas, Co. Kildare

23

Creagh College

Carnew Road

Gorey

Co. Wexford

24

Deansrath Community College

New Nangor Road

Clondalkin

Dublin 22

25

Deele College

Raphoe

Lifford

Co. Donegal

26

Dominican College

Griffith Ave

Drumcondra

Dublin 9

27

Dominican College

Taylors Hill

Galway

 

28

Gaelcholáiste luimnigh

Meal sior anraí

Luimneach

 

29

Gairm Scoil Chú Uladh

Béal an Átha Móir

An Clochan

Leifear, Co. Dhun na nGall

30

Glanmire Community College

Glanmire

Co. Cork

 

31

Gort Community School

Gort

Co. Galway

 

32

Holy family school for the deaf

Navan road,

Cabra

Dublin 7

33

John The Baptist Community School

Hospital

Co. Limerick

 

34

Kinsale Community School

Kinsale

Co. Cork

 

35

Le Cheile Secondary School

Hollystown Road

Tyrellstown

Dublin 15

36

Loreto College

Mullingar

Co. Westmeath

 

37

Loreto Secondary School

Coleville Rd.

Clonmel

Co. Tipperary

38

Maria Immaculata Community College

Dunmanway

Co. Cork

 

39

Mercy Secondary School 

Ballymahon

Co. Longford

 

40

Mount Anville Secondary School

Mount Anville Rd

Dublin 14

 

41

Moville Community College

Carrownaff

Moville

Co. Donegal

42

Newpark Comprehensive School

Newtown Park Avenue

Blackrock

Co. Dublin

43

Oatlands College

Mount Merrion

Co. Dublin

 

44

Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School

Rosbercon

New Ross

Co. Wexford

45

Our Lady Of Mercy College

Beaumont

Dublin 9

 

46

Portmarnock Community School 

Carrickhill Road

Portmarnock

Co. Dublin

47

Presentation College

Warrenmount

Dublin 8

 

48

Presentation Secondary School

Grogan's Road

Wexford

Co. Wexford

49

Presentation Secondary School

Ballingarry

Thurles

Co. Tipperary

50

Presentation Secondary School 

Thurles

Co. Tipperary

 

51

Ratoath College

Jamestown

Ratoath

Co. Meath

52

Rockwell College

Cashel

Co. Tipperary

 

53

Sacred Heart Secondary School

Sunnyside

Drogheda

Co. Louth

54

Scoil Chriost Ri

Presentation Secondary School

Borris Road

Portlaoise, Co. Laois

55

Scoil Mhuire Secondary School

St Oran's Road

Buncrana

Co. Donegal

56

Scoil Phobail Chuil Mhin

Cluain Saileach

Baile Atha Cliath 15

 

57

Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra

Rathmore

Co. Kerry

 

58

Scoil Pól

Kilfinane

Co. Limerick

 

59

Shannon Comprehensive School

Shannon

Co. Clare

 

60

St. Eunan's College

Letterkenny

Co. Donegal

 

61

St. Francis Capuchin College

Rochestown

Co. Cork

 

62

St. Kieran's College

Secondary School

College Rd

Kilkenny

63

St. Louis Secondary School

Dun Lughaidh

Dundalk

Co. Louth

64

St. Marys College

Rathmines

Dublin 6

 

65

St. Marys College

Nicholas Street

Dundalk

Co. Louth

66

St. Peter's Community School

Passage West

Co. Cork

 

67

St Aidan's CBS

Collins Avenue Ext

Whitehall

Dublin 9

68

St Brogan's College, Bandon

Kilbrogan

Bandon

Co. Cork

69

St. Joseph's Secondary School

Spanish Point

Milown Malbay

Co. Clare

70

St. Leo's College

Dublin Road

Carlow

 

71

St. Macartan's College

Monaghan

Co. Monaghan

 

72

St. Mary's Secondary School

Irishtown

New Ross

Co. Wexford

73

St. Mary's Secondary School

Convent of Mercy

Ballina

Co. Mayo

74

The Abbey School

Station Road

Co. Tipperary

 

75

Trinity Comprehensive School

Ballymun Road

Dublin 9

 

76

Tullow Community School

The Mullawn

Tullow

Co. Carlow

77

Villiers Secondary School

North Circular Road

Limerick

 

78

Virginia College

Virginia

Co. Cavan

 

79

Wesley College

Ballinteer

Dublin 16

 

80

Woodbrook College

Woodbrook

Bray

Co. Wicklow