Swimming: Primary Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the proportion of primary schools that provided the Government's recommended number of hours of swimming tuition in each of the last five years.

Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the proportion of primary schools in Haringey that provided the Government's recommended number of hours of swimming tuition in each of the last five years.

Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the proportion of primary schools in London that provided the Government's recommended number of hours of swimming tuition in each of the last five years.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The information requested is not held centrally.

While swimming and water safety is compulsory in the national curriculum for PE at primary levels (key stages 1 and 2), the department does not set a recommended number of hours to swimming lessons in schools.

As part of the government’s ‘Sporting Future’ strategy the department asked a group of representatives from across the swimming sector to submit an independent report setting out recommendations for improving curriculum swimming. Their report was published in July 2017 and can be found at: http://www.swimming.org/assets/Swim_England_Curriculum_Swimming_and_Water_Safety_Review_Group_Report_2017.pdf.

The department has established an implementation group and is currently reviewing the recommendations in the report.

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