Swimming Advisory Group

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 12th January 2009.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

(1) who the members of the Swimming Advisory Group are; what work they have undertaken to date; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all children under 14 are educated about water safety.

Photo of Sarah McCarthy-Fry Sarah McCarthy-Fry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families

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The Swimming Advisory Group has ceased to exist since early 2002, when it submitted its final report on swimming to the then Department for Education and Skills, which was considered by Ministers in April of that year. Its membership was made up of the Department for Education and Skills (DfES); the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS); the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted); the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA); the Youth Sport Trust (YST); Sport England; the Amateur Swimming Association (asa); the Institute for Sport and Recreation Management (ISRM); the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA); the Royal Life-Saving Society (RLSS); the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom (PEAUK); and the British Association of Advisers and Lecturers in Physical Education (BAALPE).

Swimming activities and water safety are a compulsory part of the physical education curriculum for all primary pupils.

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