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The average state school pupil spends just eight hours and 15 minutes a year in swimming lessons at school, which is well under the 22 hours the Department of Education recommends in the current National Curriculum.

The report, which surveyed 3,501 primary schools, is the largest ever investigation into the state of school swimming. It found schools are not achieving anywhere near the recommended level of delivery time.

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This September, each primary school will receive a minimum of 9,000 additional ring fenced funding as part of the Government's 150 million injection into PE and school sport. The ASA is calling for curriculum swimming and water safety to be priority for this funding, with schools that are not currently meeting the statutory requirement to ensure that every child has the opportunity to swim 25 metres by the time they leave primary school.

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A vital lifeline for school swimming From Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Learning to swim is vital. It is a life saving skill, yet according to a new report, more than half the children surveyed are lacking in swimming ability.

Councillor Andrew Thornton, Bradford Council's executive member for sport, says: "Learning to swim is an important life skill and we try to ensure that all children achieve a required standard by the team they leave primary school. Swimming needs to have a set place on the curriculum so every child has a chance to learn, ideally with regular weekly lessons from a young age so they develop water confidence early.

"The success of the Olympic 2012 Team GB swimming stars shows what our youngsters can do with a little funding, and should have spurred on schools to do more. The 9,000 per school is a good start, but a drop in the ocean for what is needed to make a big difference and keep children safe."

Bradford Aquatics also offer a Let's Get Wet programme to schools from February to July aimed at children due to start Key Stage 2 swimming.

"The additional 150m of ring fenced investment by Government for PE and school sport can provide a lifeline for school swimming. I believe that schools have a rare opportunity to Nike Tracksuit Khaki seize the moment in September and take action by investing in an activity that has a life long legacy and the ability to keep future generations safe."

Lynda Devanny, Bradford Aquatics development manager, says Bradford Council provides Key Stage 2 swimming through the Bradford Aquatics department to ensure youngsters are given the opportunity to achieve the required standard for National Curriculum requirements.

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the biggest barrier to delivering better quality school swimming was budget constraints.

The number of Bradford pupils achieving Key Stage 2 swimming in 2011/12 was 4,731, exceeding the 4,521 target.

Lesley Heathcote, headteacher of St Stephen's Primary in West Bowling, says: "Our children start as young as possible because once they get some water confidence, it is easy for them to learn. For some children, when they go with school, it is the first time for them."

The report, called Learning the Lesson The Future of School Swimming by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and Kellogg's, revealed that 51 per cent of children aged seven to 11 cannot swim the length of a typical swimming pool (25 metres) unaided.

David Sparkes, chief executive of the ASA, says: "Swimming is one of the easiest, safest forms of exercise for children of all abilities, and school swimming is the single most effective way of teaching children how to be safe in and around water. Yet swimming is one of the few areas of a child's statutory education that is all too often left unmeasured, unchecked or, for 1.1m children, unfulfilled.

Almost 45 per cent of schools stated that Nike Womens Jacket Red

auditing by Ofsted to ensure schools are delivering swimming programmes, as set out by the Department for Education, are at the heart of the problem.

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"Swimming is a life skill. All children should be encouraged to learn to swim in a happy, positive environment," she says.

Sarah Nicholls, acting headteacher at Farfield Primary School in Buttershaw, says: "Swimming is really important because it is one of those skills that can save lives. We have 52 children currently in Year 5 and at the beginning of the year, 60 per cent couldn't swim now 96 per cent can swim at least 10m Nike Hoodies And Sweatshirts

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