GAA develops new website to help teachers and students with Leaving Cert PE

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A new online resource has been developed to help teachers and students with the new Leaving Certificate PE subject.

The new website was developed by the GAA in association with the Camogie Association and Ladies Football Gaelic Association.

Sixty-four post-primary schools across Ireland are participating in a first phase rollout of Leaving Certificate PE, including Gort Community School in South Galway.

Fifth year students in these schools started the subject in September 2018 and they will do their Leaving Certificate PE exam in 2020.

From the start of the 2020/21 school year, all schools that want to offer PE as a Leaving Certificate subject will be able to do so.

Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon welcomed the new website, saying: “The aim of the new subject is to develop a student’s capacity to become an informed, skilled, self-directed and reflective participant in physical education and physical activity in senior cycle and for the rest of their life.

“‘The 64 schools in the first phase of Leaving Cert PE have the Department’s support service, the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) to guide and advise them in introducing the new subject.

“The PDST has prepared a comprehensive continuous professional development programme for teachers and principals in these schools which commenced earlier this year and will continue over the coming two years.

“It is great to see an organisation with the influence of the GAA establishing this online resource to assist teachers and students which complements the dedicated supports being provided by the Department of Education and Skills for schools who have begun the Leaving Certificate PE course.”