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School Swimming and COVID-19

The DfE and Sport England are aware that many schools did not deliver on their swimming provision last year due to Covid. It is also understood that Schools are citing concerns over whether it is safe to do so, given the close nature of swimming teaching, especially non-swimmers.

In response to these concerns, the advice is that Schools are able to resume swimming lessons where they can do so in line with guidance. The DfE guidance for the Wider Opening of Schools sets out that schools should follow the returning to pools guidance document which has been developed by Swim England in cooperation with industry partners, including local authorities, leisure operators, the Department for Education and the Association for Physical Education. This document aims to support schools, swim schools and operators with the return of National Curriculum School Swimming and Water Safety following the period of closure and provides guidance on reducing the risk of Covid-19 transmission within the swimming pool environment. 

Full details can be found here 


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