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.