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Schools: Swimming

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of schools in each local authority area in Yorkshire and the Humber offered swimming lessons to pupils in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (197436)

Swimming activities and water safety are a compulsory element of the national curriculum for physical education in primary schools. Swimming lessons should be provided for all pupils as part of this. Schools can choose swimming activities and water safety as a programme of study in secondary schools.

As part of the PE and Sport Strategy, £5.5 million has been invested over 2006-08 to help pupils to reach the Key Stage 2 requirements for swimming, including being able to swim at least 25 metres. Over 100,000 pupils will have benefited from this programme by July 2008, and £8.25 million has been allocated to continue to support it over 2008-11.

The annual PE and School Sport Survey was introduced in 2003-04 and provides information on the proportion of schools in School Sport Partnerships offering swimming. Of the schools that provided data, the percentage that offered swimming during the academic year, broken down by local authority, is as follows.

2005/062006/07

Number of schools providing data

Percentage of which offer swimming

Number of schools providing data

Percentage of which offer swimming

Barnsley

82

85

98

85

Bradford

197

89

197

94

Calderdale

86

80

102

84

Doncaster

87

90

126

83

East Riding of Yorkshire

77

88

151

87

Kingston upon Hull

93

85

91

88

Kirklees

167

75

190

78

Leeds

214

89

268

89

North East Lincolnshire

60

73

73

77

North Lincolnshire

43

77

81

83

North Yorkshire

294

90

380

92

Rotherham

123

75

122

77

Sheffield

177

80

172

81

Wakefield

148

82

148

82

York

66

80

69

80

Total—Yorkshire and Humber

1,914

84

2,268

86

Direct comparisons between local authority areas are not appropriate as the number of schools in a School Sport Partnership, and the length of time they have been within a partnership, differ.

From September 2006, all maintained schools in England have been part of a School Sport Partnership.

Further analysis in years prior to 2005-06 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in (a) Essex and (b) the Castle Point constituency offer swimming lessons. (197646)

The annual PE and School Sport Survey collects data relating to participation in PE and school sport from schools. The 2006-07 survey found that 463 of the 567 schools in Essex stated that they offered swimming during the academic year. In the Castle Point constituency, 26 of the 34 schools stated they offered swimming lessons.