HC Deb 17 June 1997 vol 296 c135W
Shona MeIsaac

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will introduce compulsory swimming lessons and water survival skills in the curriculum. [4130]

Ms Estelle Morris

Swimming is part of the National Curriculum for physical education for primary school pupils. It may be taught at either or both of the primary key stages but, by the age of 11, pupils should have been taught to swim unaided, competently and safely, for at least 25 metres, and the principles and skills of water safety and survival. For pupils at secondary schools, swimming is an optional element of the National Curriculum. Where schools do choose it, pupils must be taught additional strokes and a variety of water-based activities, including rescue and resuscitation skills.