Gaelic Games in Irish Primary Schools: negotiating policy and practice

We were delighted to welcome 50 teachers, Postgraduate students and guests to our workshop last night 15th April 2015 to St. Patrick’s College for a Physical Education Unit and IPPEA event. Dr. Richard Bowles, a lecturer in Physical Education at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and a former primary teacher presented a thought provoking interactive presentation which questioned teachers approach to competition and participation in PE lesson and extracurricular activities. He also challenged the audience to reflect on policy and practice in relation to the role of the external provider and their support role in the delivery of the PE curriculum.Thank you to everyone who made such a big effort to support the event.

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Teacher Student IPPEA Event St. Patrick’s College 15th April 2015

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IPPEA 2015 Conference Material

Notes from the IPPEA 2015 Conference – Thinking & Moving Outside the Box, are now available to download via a link in the Members Area.

IPPEA Position Statement on Fitness Testing in Irish Primary Schools

IPPEA Position Statement on Fitness testing in Primary Schools

IPPEA Position Statement on Fitness testing in Primary Schools

IPPEA radio interview pre launch Position Statement on Fitness Testing

Pre launch IPPEA Position Statement on Fitness Testing in Primary Schools

Listen to Dublin City FM Sean Delaney’s interview with Susan Marron Chairperson IPPEA on Inside Education Wednesday 18th February 2015

IPPEA & St. Patrick’s College PE Unit Event


The Physical Education Unit at St. Patricks College and Irish Primary PE Association hosted a workshop for primary teachers and local sports partnerships on 12th November 2014 in St. Patrick’s College. The workshop focussed on ‘The Place of Fundamental Movement Skills in the Primary Physical Education Programme.’ There was a short presentation followed by a practical workshop based on selected lesson plans from the PSSI lesson plan online resource.

The workshop evolved from a SCoTENS funded research project 2012-2014 in which UCC, St. Patricks College and University of Stranmillis are partners. In the research study Susan Marron, St. Patrick’s College, examined ‘Addressing Fundamental Movement Skill Provision in Physical Education Courses by Primary Teacher Educator Providers in the Republic of Ireland.’ There is now a ‘Fundamental Movement Skills hub’ where workshops are being organised in Cork, Dublin and Belfast. This is the second workshop to be held.

The Dublin workshop was delivered by Dr. Deborah Tannehill. Deborah was a teaching faculty member of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences University of Limerick from 2005-2013 and was co-director of the PE PAYS Research Centre at the University of Limerick. Deborah has widely published. She recently co-wrote a book with Ann MacPhail, Ger Halbert and Frances Murphy entitled ‘Research and Practice in Physical Education.’

The workshop notes are available in the Members Section!




Sean Delaney, radio presenter of Inside Education on 103.2 Dublin City FM, speaks to Dr. Deborah Tannehill, Emeritus Faculty UL on the topic of Fundamental Movement in Physical Education which she is presenting at this event. Here is a link to the programme which aired 28th October 2014. Deborah’s piece begins around 20 minutes into the programme.


Communities of Practice (CoP) Workshops

At various times throughout the year our regional CoPs, in partnership with the PDST, hold interesting and fun workshops which aim to to develop teachers’ knowledge and skills in primary Physical Education. To find out more about upcoming workshops happening in your part of the country, click on the relevant region below.

EUPEA – European Physical Education Association

Click here to view doc which will be presented at the EUPEA conference in Milan, Italy in October. Keep an eye on their website: for more details.

Physical Activity Report Card

Ireland’s first Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Youth was presented this week in Toronto. The document is available here.

Ireland’s Report Card is one of 14 other countries in the first Global Matrix of Grades. This is a ‘Call to Action’ from a global perspective. Please do what you can to promote this document, use it to advocate for more support for children’s physical activity and PE to improve our grades with time!