Department for Education – Drive to ensure all children can swim by end of primary school
Government to roll-out more swimming lessons, extra teaching and improved guidance – supported by £320 million PE and Sport Premium.
Primary schools in England are set to receive extra support and improved guidance to help make sure all children can swim confidently and know how to stay safe in and around water.
Working in partnership with Swim England, the Department for Education and Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport have today (Thursday 25 October) announced extra help for schools to make sure every child knows how to swim and be safe in and around water by the end of primary school, supported by the £320 million PE and Sport Premium.
To coincide with the announcement, Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi and Sports Minister Tracey Crouch have also backed a pledge by Swim England – signed by the likes of British Olympic swimmer Steve Parry – calling on teachers and parents to do all they can to ensure children are taught swimming and water safety at primary school.
The extra support will help deliver the government’s sport strategy ‘Sporting Future’, which committed to ensuring that every child leaves primary school able to swim. It includes:
- using the PE and Sport Premium for extra lessons for children who have not yet met the national curriculum expectation after core swimming lessons, and extra training for teachers on water safety and swimming techniques through courses provided by Swim England;
- extra guidance, provided by Swim England, will be available to help schools deliver safe, fun and effective swimming lessons; and
- a drive to boost partnerships with independent schools to offer the use of facilities, coaching and other forms of support to schools in their area.
Today’s announcement is part of a drive to tackle childhood obesity and help children to lead healthy, active lives, with more than £1 billion invested in schools through the PE and Sport Premium to improve PE and sport since 2013.
It comes after the Education Secretary announced a cross-government school sport and activity action plan that will consider ways to ensure all children have access to quality, protected PE and sport sessions during the school week and opportunities to be physically active throughout the school day. The action plan will be launched in spring 2019.
Department for Education – PE and sport premium for primary schools
How much PE and sport premium funding schools receive and advice on how it should be spent.
The Department for Education has updated its guidance on the effective and sustainable use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding for 2018/19.
The refreshed guidance includes:
- Change in reporting date (schools must now report on their Primary PE and Sport Premium spend by 31st July 2019)
- Clarification on role of the Primary PE and Sport Premium to support school swimming
- Importance of ensuring the funding is utilised in a sustainable manner (review/plan/implement)
- Funding allocation and payment dates
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