A Laois school will be one of the first in Ireland to study PE as a Leaving Cert subject

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

A Laois school will be one of the first to study PE as a Leaving Cert subject

A Laois school will be one of the first to study PE as a Leaving Cert subject

A Laois school will be one of the first in the country to study PE as a Leaving Cert subject.

Scoil Chriost Ri in Portlaoise is included in the pilot scheme for the first 80 schools in the country to study PE in Senior Cycle. 

Minister Charlie Flanagan has welcomed the news.

“I am delighted that Scoil Chriost Ri is included in the pilot scheme for schools to study Physical Education at Senior Cycle. This means Laois students could be among the first in the country to take the Leaving Cert exam in PE," he said.

A total of 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.

It will be rolled out to all schools from 2020 so all students in Laois will benefit from this before too long.

“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 PE to all students at senior cycle.

“The assessment process will have 20% going to a physical activity project; 30% to performance assessment and 50% to a written examination.”

“The Fine Gael Government is taking physical education seriously for the health of our nation and this announcement is part of the overall Government focus on encouraging healthy living. We want to support families and communities in Laois to make healthy choices," he said.