The Importance of School Swimming

Mantle, M. and Custard, J. (2022) The Importance of School Swimming. Physical Education Matters, 7 (2). pp. 79-85. ISSN 1751-0988

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This study investigated the value that students
(n=28), teachers (n=19) and parents (n=122)
placed on school-delivered swimming lessons,
with the aim of considering the child’s perspective.
It explores four ‘emergent’ themes: swimming as
a life skill, water safety and drowning prevention,
building confidence in swimming, and swimming
as exercise and fitness. The lead author has a
personal interest in swimming due to competing in
national and international swimming competitions.
This interest reinforced her inquisitiveness of those
who are not so heavily involved in swimming and
what value they give it. Swimming and water safety
have been statutory requirements in the National
Curriculum since 1994 (Department for Education,
2013; Swim England, 2018). This suggests,
therefore, that swimming is valued by governments.
The author was interested to establish if parents,
teachers and primary school children hold the
same opinion.

Publication Type: Articles
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Sport
Academic Areas > Institute of Sport > Area > Sport Social Sciences
Research Entities > Centre for Education Research, Innovation and Equity
Depositing User: Angela Roberts
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2022 11:09
Last Modified: 14 May 2024 08:44

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