An Introduction to Inclusive Physical Education

Primary Courses - General
Date Venue
26th September 2017 Merlin College, Galway
6th October 2017 Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone
29th November 2017 Woodlands Hotel, Waterford
28th November 2017 Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin
Registration: 8.45 AM
Seminar begins : 9.15 AM
Seminar concludes : 3.30 PM

Course Information

SESS in collaboration with the CARA Centre, will run this one day Inclusive Physical Education seminar, aimed at primary teachers working with pupils with SEN. A balance of theoretical approaches and practical activities will enhance teachers’ knowledge of inclusive PE.


Expected Outcomes

  • Provide an understanding of inclusive PE and illustrate best practice for the classroom teacher
  • Identify and apply the ‘TREE’ model and the Inclusion Continuum as inclusive strategies
  • Identify and demonstrate the centrality of fundamental movement skills (FMS) for the physical development of all pupils with particular emphasis on pupils with SEN
  • Discuss and demonstrate the inclusion of all abilities through practical activities based on five of the six PE strands (Aquatics omitted)


Course Content

  • Identify and address the varying needs of pupils with a focus on increasing engagement within the PE class
  • Understand the Inclusion Continuum and apply the ‘TREE’ model to adapt PE activities for the inclusion of all pupils
  • Demonstrate how FMS are prevalent in all strands of the PE curriculum and highlight the importance of the development of these skills for pupils with SEN
  • Participate in mini-practical’s demonstrating the various strands in PE, and discuss and demonstrate how pupils with different needs can be included


Information for Applicants

This course is open to:

  • Teachers working in classes with pupils with SEN
  • Full-time Special Education Teachers who are currently working with student(s) with special education needs
  • Participants will require permission from the Board of Management to attend. Typically, substitution for this seminar will only be allowed to classroom teachers with primary responsibility for pupils with a special educational need and if it is deemed absolutely essential by the Principal
  • Typically substitution will only be allocated to non-substitute teachers
  • Payment is not available to teachers in a substitute capacity
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear are required for the practical sessions



Refreshments and lunch will be provided