asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will (a) provide an update on the swimming review which is part of the Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links Strategy; and (b) detail the funding available to implement the review.
The Swimming work strand within the national PE, School Sport and Club Links strategy, has taken forward all of the key recommendations made by the Swimming Advisory Group. An executive summary of the group's report and the Government's response was published on
created (in October 2002) a new swimming and water safety website which provides practical support for schools and swimming teachers; carried out (during the summer term 2003) two pilot programmes to test out how best to support those children who reach the end of key stage 2 unable to swim 25 metres; an executive summary of this report was published on
Furthermore, the national strategy's professional development work strand will help to improve the quality of swimming teaching throughout England. The programme will identify where there is most need and provide specific professional development and support to help ensure high quality swimming tuition in schools. The programme went live in 2003.
I refer the noble Lord, Lord Moynihan, to the Answer I gave him on