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PE Now a Leaving Cert Subject

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/02/2018. PE Now a Leaving Cert SubjectTags: Educaiton And Politics Parenting

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.

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.

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:

Physical activity project – 20%.
Performance assessment – 30%.
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.

See the full list of schools partaking here.


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