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Senior cycle physical education is designed to encourage learners’ active participation in physical education irrespective of their level of ability and/or commitment to physical activity. The flexible nature of the framework facilitates learners in achieving goals that are meaningful and relevant to them.  
In SCPE, specific physical activities are not the primary focus when planning for teaching and learning. Rather, they provide the medium through which students learn in physical education. Teachers are encouraged to negotiate which physical activities are included so that learning in class is meaningful and of interest.
The differentiated use of a variety of learning approaches and the modification of equipment, including adapted and/or assistive equipment, are central to creating and maintaining an inclusive learning environment in physical education.