Sailing returns to school curriculum

The RYA has welcomed news that sailing and windsurfing will once again be taught in schools Photo: RYA The RYA has welcomed news that sailing and windsurfing will once again be taught in schools Photo: RYA

Sailing and windsurfing will once again be part of PE in schools following a 2018 public consultation by the Department for Education (DfE).

The consultation looked at proposals to add activities to the published GCSE, AS and A level PE activity lists. A total of 1,077 responses were received putting forward 82 activities. Sailing and windsurfing are two of 13 new activities that have been added, having been removed in 2014.

Sarah Treseder, chief executive of RYA said that the return is a major boost and will help develop the sport. “It opens the door for even more young people to experience sailing and what it can do for their personal development, as well as providing even more variety across the PE curriculum,” she said.

Hugely grateful

“We are hugely grateful to the many RYA members, affiliated sailing clubs, schools, teachers and parents who supported our campaign for inclusion in the list by responding to the consultation and appreciate the opportunity to have worked with DfE officials and awarding organisations to explain and make the case for the inclusion of sailing and windsurfing.”

As the national governing body for sailing and windsurfing, the RYA will now work with the government to develop guidance on how sailing and windsurfing can be taught and assessed in a consistent way.

The revised lists will be used from September 2020 onwards.

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