Leaving Cert Physical Education




The PDST Post Primary Physical Education team aims to provide high quality professional development and support that empowers teachers and schools to provide the best possible education for all students. 


At present, the Post Primary PE team is providing a two year longitudinal and sustained model of CPD for Phase 2 Leaving Certificate Physical Education teachers. A similar support network will be provided for schools involved in Phase 3. Applications for LCPE Phase 3 CPD open on Monday 22nd February 2021 and close at 5pm on Monday, 22nd March, 2021. Further details on LCPE Phase 3 are outlined below.


Leaving Certificate Physical Education 2021: Expression of Interest for CPD Phase 3.


Please complete the form below to:


1. Register your intent to introduce Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) as a new Senior Cycle subject to your school from September 2021.




2. To register an additional LCPE teacher(s) for the CPD (who must be teaching the subject from September 2021) if you are already a Phase 1 or Phase 2 school.


The details supplied below by your school will enable the Department of Education and PDST to put an appropriate programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in place for teachers.


In order to ensure the successful introduction of this new Leaving Certificate subject in your school, it is strongly recommended that schools introducing the subject have appropriate teacher qualifications, experience, ICT requirements and infrastructure in place to cater for this new Leaving Certificate subject. Please see Circular 0061/2019 for further information and ICT requirements. (Link here)


LCPE Phase 3 CPD is a two year longitudinal and sustained model of CPD which will be scheduled to commence during the Term 3 of the 2020/21 school year. Full commitment to this CPD programme from the teachers, with the support of their principals, is strongly advised (8 CPD Days over 2 years).


The LCPE CPD programme will be available for up to two suitably qualified PE teachers per school, however it is advised that only teachers beginning to teach LCPE from September 2021 should avail of the training at this juncture.


Please note that neither late nor incomplete applications will be registered. The closing date for completed EOIs is 5pm on Monday, 22nd March, 2021.


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School Support 2020/2021

Application for in-school support

School Support applications have now been re-opened for the current school year as well as in advance of the 2021-2022 school year.


From this September, the PDST PE team will be offering in-school support to interested schools in the area of Teaching and Learning in Senior Cycle PE. This aims to support schools in preparing for the introduction of Senior Cycle PE Framework and Leaving Certification Specification from September 2020. 

The visits can explore areas such as: 


  • Embedding Digital Technology in Senior Cycle PE
  • Understanding the Digital Technology requirements for LCPE 
  • Planning using Learning Outcomes
  • Timetabling for SCPE and LCPE 


Apply now on pdst.ie/schoolsupport 

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