More support for swimmers

8th August 2003 at 01:00
HAVING seen your coverage last week on school swimming, I felt it important to let your readers know what we are doing to address the issue.

I think it is also important to acknowledge that modest progress has been made since the Swimming Advisory Group was established - five in six pupils are now able to swim safely at least 25 metres by the age of 11, compared with four in five identified by the Office for Standards in Education in 2000.

It is extremely important that pupils learn to swim, which is why we are working with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to provide the right support to enhance swimming teaching in our schools.

We are testing out how best to support children who are at risk of leaving their primary school without being able to swim 25m.

More than 1,000 pupils are benefiting from two pilot schemes. We have also created a new website for swimming teachers, providing practical support and advice on the best way to make sure more pupils learn how to swim.

In your coverage last week, you call for practical solutions to the problems schools face. We are doing exactly that by developing a Swimming Charter, which will set guidelines and share the best ways to encourage and teach youngsters how to swim. The Swimming Charter will be published before Christmas.

Stephen Twigg

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools

Department for Education and Skills

London SW1

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now