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Petitions Committee asks the Government for an update on its work to improve water safety education

20 April 2022

Petitions Committee Chair Catherine McKinnell MP has written to Minister for School Standards Robin Walker MP to ask for an update on the Government’s work to improve water safety education.

n the letter dated Thursday 14 April, Catherine McKinnell asks the Minister what progress the Government has made to develop resources for primary and secondary schools which support teaching about the risks associated with open water. The letter also asks for an update on the formation of a panel to examine how these resources can be most effectively developed and promoted to schools. The Government has been asked to respond by 10 May.

This request for an update follows a debate last year on a petition calling for the Government to increase curriculum content about water safety, including rip tides and cold-water shock. The petition was started by Beckie Ramsay BEM, whose ‘Doing It For Dylan’ campaign recently won the Petition Campaign of the Year Award. The Award recognised Beckie's tireless campaigning since her son Dylan’s death in 2011, which has seen her deliver sessions to over 180,000 school children on water safety.

Following the debate, then-Schools Minister Nick Gibb MP met with Catherine McKinnell, Beckie Ramsay, and representatives of water safety bodies to discuss this issue. The letter from Catherine McKinnell asks for an update on various actions discussed at the meeting, including the formation of a panel made up of sector bodies to help develop and disseminate new resources for both primary and secondary schools.

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