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23 Jul 2009
The deadline to have your say on how swimming is delivered in primary schools through the National Curriculum is fast approaching.

The ASA is asking anyone with an interest in school swimming to complete the Primary curriculum review consultation questionnaire by Friday 24th July 2009.

The questionnaire is approximately 30 questions long, but you may wish to pay particular attention to ‘Section 3: Areas of Learning,’ where you will have the opportunity to elaborate on your thoughts and may wish to consider the following:

• The ASA has concerns, along with other organisations, that the general removal of Physical Education as a subject area could lead to a less than committed approach to the delivery of physical education.
• The ASA believes that the reference to ‘swim unaided or unsupported on their front and on their back’ is a weak statement and we should push for recognised strokes on front and back.
•  The ASA is concerned that there is a lack of reference to basic motor skills in the ‘essentials for learning and life’ section when basic motor skills are essential for all sports.
• The ASA is worried that there is no reference to maintaining the quality delivery of swimming as an essential life skill.
• The ASA is worried the reference to ‘safety’ in the curriculum may not ensure that explicit water safety is delivered. 

Swimming lessons currently remain in the curriculum as part of ‘Understanding physical development, health and well-being.’ However the new curriculum is not explicit when it comes to swimming and therefore there is potential that swimming could be sidelined as an activity and lose the profile it currently enjoys in the curriculum.

The ASA will be submitting a corporate response but would encourage others to make their individual views known and submit the survey to info@qca.org.uk, or post to: Simon Watmough, Ipsos MORI House, 79-81 Borough Road, London, SE1 1FY.


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