IPPEA CONFERENCE 2015 Thinking and Moving Outside the Box


The Irish Primary Physical Education Association (IPPEA) 12th annual conference was held at The Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone on Saturday February 28th 2015. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Thinking and Moving Outside the Box’. The conference provided teachers with an opportunity to experience and enjoy a variety of alternative activities which can contribute to a broad, balanced and active physical education programme. Workshops offered included: Yoga, gymnastics on the grass, american spikeball, moving with apps, physical activity breaks, biking for schools, water play (aquatics) and golf for schoolsNotes on all of the workshops are available in the members section of the website.

A massive thank you to everyone who attended and supported the conference. Teachers from across Ireland came out in force for this fun filled day. Check out our photo story to give you a flavour of the activities and to see some of your colleagues in action. We look forward to seeing you all at our 2016 conference for more fun and games!

CLICK HERE to check out photographs from the IPPEA Conference 2015 Thinking and Moving Outside the Box

Encouraging children to be physically active. Read the recent article from the Irish Times

Parenting: ‘Miss, I forgot my PE gear. Again’

EUPEA Meeting report

EUPEA Meeting Report March 2015

EUPEA Meeting Report March 2015

EUPEA Delegates

Check out the Regional COP Tab for workshops coming up in May 2015

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A Call for Action by UNESCO to include Quality Physical Education

Quality Physical Education UNESCO 2015

These Guidelines have been developed, in partnership with the European Commission, the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), International Olympic Committee (IOC), UNDP, UNICEF, UNOSDP and WHO, to inform the provision of quality physical education across the full age range from early years through secondary education. In this regard, the Guidelines provide a framework to support policymakers.

Read the guidelines on the link above to see what part you the teacher can play in the provision of quality PE lessons.

Quality PE UNESCO 2015

GOAL Penalty Shoot Out

GOAL’s annual sports event for schools invites students to challenge themselves and make a difference to those living in the developing world. This year the event is a Penalty Shoot Out Competition. Simply organise a Penalty Shoot Out Competition for your whole school! Visit the GOAL Penalty Shoot Out events page to find out more and to download your organisers pack today. €2 suggested donation from participants. Perhaps the event could be included as part of sports day.



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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Active Schools Week 2015

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Active school Flag week 2015 Ideas

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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.