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Swimming Safety

Swimming and water safety has been a requirement of the curriculum since 1994. The aim is for all children to leave primary school with a basic ability to swim competently. Requirements are broken down into three; swimming 25 metres, using a range of strokes, knowing how to self-rescue. According to Swim England research in 2016, "89 per cent work towards children being able to swim 25 metres; 63 per cent focus on teaching children how to do strokes; 48 per cent focus on water safety."
 
Since 2017, there is a new condition requiring schools to publish how many pupils within their year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety

What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres?
49/90 = 54%*
 
What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]?  
61/90 – 68%*
 
What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations?
35/90 – 39%*
 
Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to provide additional provision for swimming, but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. Have you used it in this way?
Yes (see below)
* Please note - All data correct as of 18th July 2019 when our current Year 6 cohort were in Year 5.
 
By providing the lessons and teaching the skills outlined above, Vaughan has met its obligations under the National Curriculum, according to the DfE. However, we recognise the benefits of being able to swim and aim for all pupils to achieve the standards. Therefore, although we are not required to offer additional lessons if pupils don't achieve the requirements above, we will:
  • Offer extra-curricular 'top-up' lessons for the pupils who need them, if possible
  • Notify the pupils' parents that they're struggling
 
For this reason, we plan to use the primary PE and sport premium to provide additional provision for up to 15 pupils who aren't able to meet the swimming requirements of the National Curriculum