PE is set to be introduced as a Leaving Certificate Subject from 2018 following an announcement from Minister for Education & Skills Richard Bruton today.
This announcement is part of an overall emphasis the Government is putting on encouraging healthy lifestyles. Ireland’s obesity problem, particularly in children, has been rising in the last decade and shows no sign of slowing down.
The LCPE subject will have three assessment components. Students will have to complete a physical activity project, a performance assessment and a written examination. This means it will count towards participating students CAO points and include skill areas such as Running, Rugby, Gymnastics, Cricket, Hurling and even Dance.
Speaking about the announcement Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said:
“I am thrilled that physical education will be a full examinable subject at senior cycle next year. I promoted this when I was Minister for Sport and included it in my Policy Ideas Paper Taking Ireland Forward. It’s been a Government priority and I want to compliment Minister Bruton for making it a reality. The benefits will be far-reaching, including improved health and fitness among young people, raising awareness of physical health, and increasing the range of subjects on offer. The introduction of a new Senior Cycle Framework for physical education is another really positive development for students.”