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National Curriculum

The current National Curriculum came into effect in September 2014. A review of PE in the National Curriculum since 2011 evidenced that PE makes a significant contribution to pupils' personal well-being, development and enjoyment of school. It has also shown the impact of the positive impact of School Sport Partnership nationally.

The broad aims of the 2014 PE National Curriculum for young people are:

  • To develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • To be physically active for sustained periods of time
  • To engage in competitive sports and activities
  • To lead healthy and active lives

For swimming these are :

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

Download a summary of the new National Curriculum for PE


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Every week, they carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England and publish the results online. They help providers that are not yet of a good standard to improve, monitor their progress and share with them the best practice they find.


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