23 July, 2018 - Minister Bruton Announces Grants for Schools to Support Rollout of Leaving Certificate Physical Education & Computer Science

€450,000 in grants to 104 post-primary schools to support rollout of new Leaving Certificate subjects this September  

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. today (23rd of July 2018) announced that the 40 schools taking part in Phase 1 of the new Leaving Certificate Computer Science subject and 64 schools taking part in Phase 1 of the new Leaving Certificate Physical Education subject will receive a grant to support them in implementing the new subjects from September 2018. 

Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said, “Today’s announcement underlines my commitment to the introduction of Computer Science and Physical Education as Leaving Certificate subjects. 

“I am keen during my time as Minister to make sure that our education system keeps pace with our changing society and the evolving needs of our economy. We know how important it is to be physically active and engage in sports, not only for our physical health but also as a means to encourage team building, develop confidence and for our mental health. The introduction of Physical Education as a full examinable Leaving Certificate subject reflects the priority this government puts on promoting healthy lifestyles and choices. 

“The introduction of Computer Science as a Leaving Certificate subject is part of our ambition to make Ireland a STEM leader among our European colleagues. The grants being issued to schools, from this September will complement other recent grants given to schools to support them in embedding digital technology in teaching and learning - €30m in ICT grants was provided to all schools recently, building on the €30m which we issued last year. We have committed to a €150m investment in ICT infrastructure over the next 3 years.” 

The 40 schools who will offer Computer Science for Leaving Certificate for September will each receive €3,000 towards the purchase of connector devices, totalling €120,000 in grants for these schools. 

Schools offering Leaving Certificate Physical Education will receive a grant towards the purchase of digital devices for use by students in completing the course assessment components and for hardware required for central uploading of material. A grant of €350 per digital device will be payable, with one device for every two students commencing the subject in September 2018. A payment of €750 per school will be made for the uploading hardware. The total amount of grant payments for the subject will be approximately €330,000 across the 64 schools. 

In addition to the above digital supports, the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) has prepared a comprehensive continuous professional development (CPD) programme to support the implementation of these new Leaving Certificate subjects. The CPD programmes which commenced earlier this year and will continue over the coming two years, will support the introduction and embedding of these new subjects. The PDST also provides professional support for the school leaders of these 104 schools towards assisting them to facilitate the effective introduction and implementation of these new subjects in their schools. 

The Minister said, “With these additional grants, and the comprehensive teacher professional development we are providing, the teachers and schools offering these new subjects from this September will be fully prepared to deliver these new subjects over the next two years. It is also interesting that these new subjects will be the first Leaving Certificate subjects since the introduction of Design and Communication Graphics to incorporate digital technologies into their assessment. The experience of these two new subjects will inform both the national rollout of these subjects but also, the possibility of incorporating digital technology more widely in the assessment of other subjects.” 

The €450,000 in grant payments are being made this year on a once-off basis to assist the Phase 1 schools’ preparations for the introduction of the new subjects from this September. Schools wishing to introduce these new subjects from September 2020 as part of their national rollout should ensure they have the required ICT equipment in time. They can in this regard deploy some of the ICT Infrastructure grants paid to schools under the Digital Strategy for Schools towards this purpose. Details on the specifications of the ICT devices required will be communicated to schools.


Notes for the Editors

Leaving Certificate Physical Education

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:

  • Physical activity project – 20%
  • Performance assessment – 30%
  • Written examination – 50%

The 64 schools announced previously will begin studying the examinable subject from this September. 80 schools in total 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.

The digital devices will be used for the completion of the physical activity project and performance assessment components of the examinable subject. 

Leaving Certificate Physical Education  Phase 1 Schools

School Name


Wesley College

Ballinteer Dublin 16

John The Baptist Community School

Hospital Co Limerick

St. Mary's Secondary School

Convent of Mercy Ballina Co Mayo

Colaiste Chraobh Abhann

Creowen Kilcoole Co Wicklow

St Louis Secondary School

Dun Lughaidh Dundalk Co Louth

Glanmire Community College

Glanmire Co. Cork

Scoil Chriost Ri

Presentation Secondary School Portlaoise Co   Laois

Castleknock Community College

Carpenterstown Road Castleknock Dublin 15

Abbey Community College

Boyle Co Roscommon

Carndonagh Community School

Carndonagh Lifford Co Donegal

Kinsale Community School

Kinsale Co Cork

Mount Anville Secondary School

Mount Anville Rd Dublin 14

Oatlands College

Mount Merrion Co Dublin

Dominican College

Griffith Ave Drumcondra Dublin 9

Coláiste Choilm

Ballincollig Co. Cork

Villiers Secondary School

North Circular Road Limerick

Trinity Comprehensive School

Ballymun Road Dublin 9

Abbey Vocational School

The Glebe Donegal Town Co.Donegal

Le Cheile Secondary School

Hollystown Road Tyrellstown Dublin 15

Moville Community College

Carrownaff Moville Co Donegal

Coláiste Cois Life

Gleann an Ghrífín Leamhcán Co Átha Cliath

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh

Meal Sior Anraí Luimneach

Colaiste Mhuire

Askeaton Co Limerick

Borris Vocational School

Borris Co Carlow

St. Aidan's C.B.S.

Collins Avenue Ext Whitehall Dublin 9

Belvedere College S.J

6 Great Denmark Street Dublin 1

St Marys College

Rathmines Dublin 6

Our Lady Of Mercy College

Beaumont Dublin 9

St. Leo's College

Dublin Road Carlow

St Kieran's College

Secondary School College Rd Kilkenny

Coláiste Naomh Mhuire

Convent Of Mercy Sallins Rd. Naas Co Kildare

Woodbrook College

Woodbrook Bray Co Wicklow

St. Joseph's Secondary School

Spanish Point Milown Malbay Co Clare

Christian Brothers College

Sidney Hill Wellington Road Cork.

Scoil Mhuire Secondary School

St. Oran's Road Buncrana Co. Donegal

St Eunan's College

Letterkenny Co Donegal

Loreto College

Mullingar Co Westmeath

Coláiste Bride

Enniscorthy Co Wexford

St. Mary's Secondary School

Irishtown New Ross Co Wexford

Presentation Secondary School

Grogan's Road Wexford Co. Wexford

Sacred Heart Secondary School

Sunnyside Drogheda Co Louth

St Mary's College

Nicholas Street Dundalk Co Louth

St. Macartan's College

Monaghan Co. Monaghan

Rockwell College

Cashel Co Tipperary

The Abbey School

Station Road Co. Tipperary

Virginia College

Virginia Co Cavan

Beaufort College

Trim Rd Navan Co. Meath

Maria Immaculata Community College

Dunmanway Co Cork

Ratoath College

Jamestown Ratoath Co. Meath

Coláiste Íde Agus Iosaef

Abbeyfeale Co Limerick

Creagh College

Carnew Road Gorey Co. Wexford

Newpark Comprehensive School

Newtown Park Avenue Blackrock Co. Dublin

Scoil Phobail Chuil Mhin

Cluain Saileach Baile Atha Cliath 15

Tullow Community School

The Mullawn Tullow Co. Carlow

Beara Community School

Castletownbere Beara Co. Cork

Ashbourne Community School

Deerpark Ashbourne Co. Meath

Gort Community School

Gort Co. Galway

Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra

Rathmore Co. Kerry

Holy Family School for the Deaf


Mercy Secondary School

Ballymahon Co Longford

Deele College

Raphoe Lifford Co. Donegal

Borrisokane Community College

Borrisokane Co Tipperary

Shannon Comprehensive School

Shannon Co Clare

Portmarnock Community School

Carrickhill Road Portmarnock Co. Dublin

 Leaving Certificate Computer Science

The specification for Leaving Certificate Computer Science (LCCS) for Leaving Certificate focuses on how programming and computational thinking can be applied to the solution of problems, and how computing technology impacts the world around us.

Students will learn:

  • computational thinking,
  • how to analyse problems in computational terms,
  • programming languages and how to read, write, test and modify computer programs,
  • creative design,
  • design computational artefacts such as web pages, digital animations, simulations, games, apps and robotic systems,
  • the ethical, historical, environmental and technological aspects of Computer Science, and how it impacts the social and economic development of society.

There are two assessment components in LCCS:

  • Final year project – 30%
  • Written examination – 70%

The 40 schools announced previously will begin studying the subject from this September. The €3,000 grant per school will be towards the purchase of digital connector devices.


Leaving Certificate Computer Science   Phase 1 Schools

School   Name


Abbey Vocational   School

The   Glebe, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal

Adamstown Community   College

Station   Rd, Adamstown, Co. Dublin

Breifne College

Cootehill   Rd, Cavan, Co. Cavan

Bush   Post Primary

Riverstown,   Dundalk, Co. Louth

Carrigaline Community   School

Waterpark,   Carrigaline, Co. Cork

Castleblayney   College

Dublin Road, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan

Christ King Girls Secondary School

Half Moon Lane, South Douglas Road, Cork

Clongowes Wood College

Clane, Co. Kildare

Coláiste an Chraoibhin

Duntaheen Road, Fermoy, Co. Cork

Coláiste Bríde

New Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Coláiste Chiaráin

Croom, Co. Limerick

Coláiste Choilm

Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Coláiste Mhuire

Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Coláiste na Ríochta

Listowel, Co. Kerry

Colaiste Phadraig

Roselawn, Lucan, Co. Dublin

Coláiste Pobail Setanta

Phibblestown CC, Phibblestown, Dublin 15

Creagh College

Carnew Road, Gorey, Co. Wexford

Dominican College Sion Hill

Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co Dublin

Ennistymon Vocational School

Ennistymon, Ennis, Co. Clare

Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG

An Mhainistir Thuaidh, Corcaigh

Le Chéile Secondary School

Hollystown Road, Tyrellstown, Dublin 15

Loreto College

Swords, Co. Dublin

Luttrellstown Community College

Mill Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Mayfield Community School

Old Youghal Road, Mayfield, Cork

Moate Community School

Church Street, Moate, Co. Westmeath

Mount Sion CBS

Barrack Street, Waterford

Mount Temple Comprehensive

Malahide Road, Dublin 3

Presentation Secondary School

Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Rice College

Castlebar Road, Westport, Co. Mayo

Sacred Heart Secondary School

Convent of Mercy, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Saint Eunan's College

Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

St Aidan's Comprehensive School

Cootehill, Co. Cavan

St Brigids Mercy Secondary School

Convent Of Mercy, Tuam, Co. Galway

St Joseph's Secondary School

Convent Lane, Rush, Co. Dublin

St Mary's CBS

Millpark Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

St Vincent's Secondary School

Seatown Place, Dundalk, Co. Louth

St. Finian's Community College

Swords, Co. Dublin

Stratford College

1 Zion Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6

Synge St CBS

Synge St., Dublin 8

Terenure College

Templeogue Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W