ASA ‘delighted’ that swimming will remain on the National Curriculum

07 February 2013

The ASA is delighted that the Government continues to see the value of learning to swim as a life-saving skill.

Proposals announced today for the new draft National Curriculum confirmed that swimming will remain on the curriculum for Key Stage 2.

The consultation document specifies that all schools must provide swimming instruction either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.  In particular, pupils should be taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres and use a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl, backstroke and breastroke and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

The ASA called on central and local government to show their commitment to school swimming as part of The 2012 School Swimming Census and Manifesto.  ‘Save School Swimming, Save Lives’ urged for support to help realise the vision that every child in the UK should have the opportunity to learn to swim in primary school.

The manifesto highlighted the startling results of research conducted in partnership with Kellogg’s which revealed that an astonishing one in three children are leaving primary school unable to swim.

Chief Executive of the ASA David Sparkes said, “We are delighted that the Government sees swimming as an important life skill and that they are proposing it remains a core subject on the curriculum. Swimming is a vital skill for any child and is the only sport a child will learn in school that could save their life.

“The ASA are looking forward to continuing our work with schools in delivering the vision and aims of our school swimming manifesto.”

Louise Hanlon, corporate responsibility manager, at Kellogg’s, said: “It’s vital we continue to take action like this to safeguard the future of school swimming to ensure it remains the UK’s biggest participatory sport, enjoyed and supported by the whole nation. This is a great step forward for us.” 

British Gas Brand Director, Susie Plume said: “British Gas has been the principal partner of British Swimming since 2009 and we are very pleased that swimming will remain an important part of the national curriculum.
“We are passionate about encouraging children to swim and will continue to support programmes such as British Gas Pools 4 Schools, which takes a special teaching pool around the country and provides free swimming lessons for children in areas where there is limited access to aquatic facilities. The programme has already helped more than 29,000 children to learn this vital skill.”

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