An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, has said that three schools in Castleknock, Tyrellstown and Blanchardstown are set to become some of the first schools in the country to have PE as a Leaving Certificate subject. As part of a new initiative by the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton TD, 80 schools across the country are taking part in the new PE for Senior Cycle programmes.
Castleknock Community College, Le Cheile Secondary School in Tyrellstown and Coolmine Community School/Scoil Phobail Chuil Mhin are set to teach PE as a Leaving Cert subject from September of this year.
The 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 Government’s focus 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.
Speaking today An Taoiseach said:
“A total of 369 schools applied to participate in the phase 1 roll-out of PE as a Leaving Cert subject, showing the high level of interest among schools and students across the country. We hope that it can be rolled out to every school nationwide by 2020. Castleknock Community College has a new sports hall which was I had the pleasure of opening last year. I am delighted that it will now be put to even better use. Students in the new Le Cheile Secondary School in Tyrellstown and Coolmine Community School will also be able to take PE as a Leaving Cert subject.
“The introduction of Leaving Cert PE will far-reaching benefits, not only for the health of young people in Ireland but also as a means of diversifying the subject choice for leaving certificate candidates. It’s particularly exciting for students with a passion for sport, but I also believe it will encourage more students to make physical activity a part of their school routine. I am delighted that a local school, Castleknock Community College, is included in the list of pilot schools and I look forward to hearing how students and teachers are getting on.”