Dance Resource Recommendation for 2015-2016 Physical Education Lessons

I purchased the ‘Complete Guide to Primary Dance’ by Lyn Paine (2014). National Dance Teachers Association at the beginning of the summer £29.49 from

Having read the book this week and viewed the web resource with video demonstrations, fantastic teacher resources, units of work and warm-ups ideas,  I would recommend dipping in to it. There are meaningful cross curricular topics to adapt and explore dance movement in physical education lessons.

Please email the contact  IPPEA address to let us know what you think if you get to read the book and try out the material during the next school year.

Reviewer: Susan Marron

The IPPEA committee wish you a happy and energetic return to school.

Complete Guide to Primary Dance

Sign up for the EUPEA newsletter this summer and happy PE reading during the holidays

Interesting Summer Reading

Click Here to sign up for the European Physical Education Association Newsletter. Happy reading during the summer holidays and have a fun, healthy and active holiday from the IPPEA.

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Student Teacher Workshop March 2015 Summary

Strategies for improving student behaviour in physical education

Liam Closshey, Richard Bowles,  Donneta Cothran, Deirdre Ni Chronin

Liam Clohessy Chairperson IPPEA, Richard Bowles, Donneta Cothran and Deirdre Ni Chroinin

Donneta Cothran with Student Teachers

Donneta Cothran with Student Teachers

The IPPEA in conjunction with the Department of Arts Education and Physical Education in Mary Immaculate College were delighted to host Dr. Donneta Cothran for a workshop on the topic of behaviour management in PE.  Dr. Cothran is professor and associate chair kinesiology at Indiana University USA and has published widely in the field of physical education.  This workshop provided the student teachers with practical strategies and activities on how to teach social skills, resolution skills and anger management through the medium of physical education.   Dr. Cothran’s excellent presentation along with practical activities and resources from the workshop are now available for downloading in the member’s area.

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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