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KS1 and KS2 swimming: requirements

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Last updated on 4 July 2017
School types: All · School phases: Primary
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What requirements are there for schools to teach swimming? All maintained schools must provide swimming instruction in Key Stage 1 or 2. We explain this in more detail and look at whether pupils can be withdrawn from swimming. We also link to an article on responding to concerns from parents.

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  1. 1 National Curriculum requirements
  2. 2 Withdrawing pupils
  3. 3 How many hours of swimming should be taught?
  4. 4 What are schools' obligations if pupils do not meet the standard?

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