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Meeting the cost of swimming lessons

5 November 2014

A report by the Amateur Swimming Association has revealed that more than 1,000 primaries are not currently offering swimming lessons to pupils. This is despite the fact that primary schools are required under the national curriculum to provide swimming instruction, either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. Academies are not required to follow the national curriculum but most continue to do so.

We commonly get asked by schools whether they can charge for providing swimming lessons to pupils. Schools cannot charge for transport or swimming instruction if swimming is being provided as part of the school’s curriculum and during school hours. However, schools can ask for voluntary contributions from parents/carers to cover these expenses if they wish. Schools may also want to use some of their PE and sport premium to support the provision of swimming lessons.

For further information please refer to the related Department for Education webpage on charging for school activities.

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