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Swimming

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what his estimate is of the percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils who meet the standards outlined on swimming and water safety in the compulsory parts of the physical education curriculum; (245297)

(2) what guidance his Department provides to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority on who to consult ahead of changes made to standards in swimming under the curriculum.

The 2007/08 school sport survey found that, from a sample of 1,165 primary schools, 72 per cent. of pupils in year 6 were able to meet the minimum compulsory elements of the primary national curriculum related to swimming. There are no compulsory elements of the secondary national curriculum related to swimming.

DCSF has given no guidance to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) about swimming in the curriculum. In relation to the primary curriculum review, no guidance has been given to the QCA, or Sir Jim Rose, in relation to swimming. QCA are leading in providing evidence to the review and for managing wider stakeholder management.