Helen Ward

Swimming skills are sinking at primary schools

Three-quarters of teachers report concerns about the feasibility of continuing swimming lesson provision

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Adam Peaty has brought British swimming back to the centre stage this summer, winning two world titles and breaking his own world records – twice.

But a snap poll for Tes has found that high costs and time pressures mean that teachers are finding it much harder to help their pupils learn even the basics of swimming.

Of more than 1,000 teachers who responded, only a quarter said that their school had no problems providing swimming lessons for pupils. The rest all cited obstacles – with the cost of transport the most mentioned.

The Twitter poll came after a report from the Curriculum Swimming ...

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