The IPPEA advocates for the importance of primary physical education by consulting with national bodies, creating policy documents, writing articles, raising awareness and engaging in stakeholder consultations.
The primary school curriculum is currently being reviewed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. The IPPEA is engaging in this process to advocate for the importance of physical education within a redeveloped curriculum. We encourage all members and teachers to also engage in this consultation in support of physical education.
In 2017 the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) engaged in a consultation on structure and time for a redeveloped primary curriculum. The IPPEA engaged in this process and formulated a position in relation to the key elements pertaining to physical education. The 2017 summary and full submissions statements are available at the end of this page.
In 2020, based on the results of the initial consultation the NCCA released the Draft Primary Curriculum Framework. The IPPEA were happy to see many of our initial suggestions and recommendations considered, notably a proposed increase in time allocation. The draft primary curriculum framework is currently the subject of another round of consultation. The IPPEA executive committee have collaboratively created a submission in relation to this consultation. The full submission can be accessed via the members area. Click on the link below to read a summary of this submission:
We encourage you to share this position statement with colleagues in your schools and most importantly also use it as a stimulus to make your own submission. This is the first time in almost 20 years that teachers have an opportunity to influence and shape the curriculum we all use on a daily basis. We encourage all members to have their voices heard in support of the value and importance of physical education by making a submission. The more submissions received in support of physical education, the more chance we have of enacting positive change for future.
The consultation process end in December 2020. The time is now. Let us all play our part in re-imagining Irish primary physical education for the better. Have your say now by completing the questionnaire or written submission at https://ncca.ie/en/updates-and-events/consultations/consultation-on-the-draft-primary-curriculum-framework
2017 Document Links
The IPPEA Learning community on Inclusion will be launched at the conference 29th Feb 2020 in Limerick.
The IPPEA learning community on inclusion welcomes any interested IPPEA member teachers in both mainstream and special schools to join anytime.
The aims of the group are to:
1. develop a community of teachers with a shared interest in inclusion in physical education
2. share experiences on inclusion in physical education teaching
3. help other teachers who require assistance in inclusion in physical education lessons
4. share resources
5. build on inclusive strategies in physical education
Sharing platforms will include:
• One to one email exchanges
• Online platform meetings, e.g. Skype
• Face to face workshops
• IPPEA social media and newsletter postings to share practices
• Information on the IPPEA website sub tab
Claire Heffernan, a primary school teacher and Susan Marron, IPPEA committee member/DCU, will lead the learning community organisation
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require support from us.
See our members area to see who are IPPEA inclusion helper teachers are to advise us>
Videos to watch with transcriptions:
Marron, S. and Gallagher, S. (2021). The Inclusion Club: Video/Transcript: Episode 82: Inclusion in Physical Education: Discover, Invent, Describe and Feel. Retrieved 19th April 2021 from http://theinclusionclub.com/
Marron, S. and McBride, C. (2020). The Inclusion Club: Video/Transcript: Episode 77: Inclusion in Physical Education: A Primary Teachers Actions. Retrieved 24th September 2020 from https://theinclusionclub.com/episodes/
Marron, S. and Kelly, R. (2018). The Inclusion Club: Video/Transcript: Episode 75: Inclusion in physical education: Dancing with your eyes. Retrieved 24th September 2020 from http://theinclusionclub.com/inclusion-in-physical-education-dancing-with-your-eyes/
Intouch IPPEA Publications in Inclusion in Physical Education 2019-2020
Marron, S., & Murphy, F. (2019). Including all pupils in physical education. InTouch INTO, September(189), 43. https://www.into.ie/app/uploads/2019/07/InTouch_Sept2019_archive.pdf
Marron, S., & Murphy, F. (2019). Planning for inclusive PE. InTouch INTO, October(190), 53. https://www.into.ie/app/uploads/2019/09/InTouch_Oct2019_Archive.pdf
Marron, S., & Kelly, R. (2019). Including a child with autism in PE Lessons. InTouch INTO, November/December(191), 53. https://www.into.ie/app/uploads/2019/10/InTouch_Nov_Dec2019_Archive.pdf
Marron, S., & Cosgrave, C. (2020). Including children with movement skill challenges in the PE lesson. InTouch INTO, April(194), 47. https://www.into.ie/app/uploads/2019/07/InTouch_April_2020_Archive.pdf
Marron, S., & Gallagher, S. (2020). The inclusion of children with a visual impairment in PE. InTouch INTO, February(192), 55. https://www.into.ie/app/uploads/2020/02/Jan_Feb_InTouch_2020_Archive.pdf
Marron, S., & Moloney-O’Regan, S. J. (2020). Including a child who is hard of hearing in your PE lessons. InTouch INTO, March(193), 53.https://www.into.ie/app/uploads/2019/11/March_CEC.pdf
Murphy, F., & McBride, C. (2020). Including a child who is a wheelchair user in the PE lesson. InTouch INTO, May(194), 40. https://www.into.ie/app/uploads/2019/07/InTouch_May_2020_Archive.pdf
Marron, S., & Murphy, F. (2020). Inclusion in PE: where to from here? InTouch INTO, June(195), 45. https://www.into.ie/media-centre/publications/intouch/
The IPPEA executive has developed a number of policy documents relating to quality PE in primary schools for principals and teachers to use as a reference point. The IPPEA encourages teachers to reflect and use these documents in relation to PE planning, teaching and assessment in primary schools. Click on the links below to find out more.
- The Role of the External Provider in Primary School Physical Education
- Quality Primary Physical Education in Ireland
- Does Your School Get The Green Light? PE Provision in Primary Education
The draft primary curriculum framework is currently the subject of another round of consultation. The IPPEA executive committee have collaboratively created a submission in relation to this consultation. Read the full submission below:
- IPPEA Position Statement on Fitness Testing in Irish Primary Schools 2015
- IPPEA NCCA Consultation Document April 2017 Irish Primary PE Association Position Statement on NCCA consultation in relation to redeveloped curriculum
- IPPEA PE Vision 2020 Final 9 Nov 2012