Conference 2015


Autism and Fundamental Movement Skill Seminar – Cork


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!

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The Place of Fundamental Movement Skills in the Primary Physical Education Programme

  • Wednesday, 12th November 2014
  • 6-8pm
  • St. Patrick’s College Gym, Drumcondra, Dublin
  • NOTE: The event is free of charge. Please email Derek Brennan to sign-up for the event. Numbers limited to 40. Please bring sports clothing and sports shoes for the practical workshop. Light refreshments will be served following the event.

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.

Yoga Therapy Ireland – Yoga in the Classroom Workshop


Active School Flag Presentations

Below is a schedule of upcoming Active School Flag presentations for Autumn/Winter 2014. Click here to download a PDF version which you can print off.


Teaching Channel – Combine Academics and Dance with 4 Basic Moves

Create a dance with 4 shapes linked to Science. Enjoy watching this Dance video clip and there are others too to be viewed if you enjoy this one – click here.

Co-operative Sports Day Activities Workshop – Photo Story

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!