A recent report launched in July 2017 by the Swim Group, proposed a set of recommendations to the Government to improve high quality swimming within Primary Schools. Within the report, it is widely acknowledged that despite the National Curriculum expectations almost a third (31 per cent) of Year 6 pupils will finish school for the summer without being able to swim and without basic water safety skills.
The report clarifies the problems that schools are meeting within their own local authority areas, some of which are addressed within the recommendations.
These include specific training for school teachers and other teaching staff, and new resources for all those involved in delivering school swimming lessons, including pools and greater local authority planning.
You can read the full report here by clicking here.
To aid the Governments understanding of the national picture of swimming, this year it is a condition of funding for the PE and School Sport Premium that schools report swimming figures. It is important for schools to know that this is to provide a real time snap shot of swimming, not a judgement of what schools do. Schools, within their PE Premium reporting for 4th April 2018 should report on;
1. What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres?
2. What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke?
3. What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations?
4. Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. Have you used it in this way?