The Minister for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne, has welcomed the announcement by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton this week that Physical Education is to be introduced as an examinable subject for the Leaving Certificate in September, 2018.
The new Leaving Certificate PE curriculum will be available in selected schools from September 2018. A Framework for Senior Cycle PE, which is not for examination, will be introduced at the same time. Schools have been invited to take part in the first phase of LCPE and of the Framework. PE will still be available to all students.
This announcement is a key part of Government’s focus on the promotion of healthy lifestyles and fulfils important commitments in the Programme for a Partnership Government, the Healthy Ireland Framework and the National Physical Activity Plan.
Healthy Ireland has worked with the National Physical Activity Plan Implementation Group and specifically with the Department of Education and Skills in supporting development of the new curriculum for Senior Cycle PE.
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