Once your primary school has signed up to be in partnership to the School Swimming Charter, you need to make sure your school is making the maximum use out of the resources and support we provide.
It’s people who make things happen, but we’re all busy and under pressure … often school staff find that they simply don’t have the time to focus on swimming when there are so many other priorities in a school day.
This is why we would like primary schools to nominate a specific member of staff to be a Charter Champion, a central point of contact within the school who will take responsibility for the necessary co-ordination and communication tasks.
This may be a particular class teacher who enjoys or has previous experience in swimming lessons, a teaching assistant or even a governor. It doesn’t necessarily matter who it is, they just need to be active and enthusiastic, and happy to take on tasks such as:
- Liaison with the swimming lesson provider and/or local authority contacts to make sure arrangements are crystal clear in terms of times, dates and transport
- Ensuring pupil swimming attainment records are maintained
- Distribution of School Swimming Passports to every pupil and encouraging their use
- Awarding of badges, certificates and passport stickers at school assemblies
- Regular communication with parents with information on their child’s attainment levels (using templates provided as part of the School Swimming Charter)
- Challenge the swimming teachers to provide the best possible quality lessons (again via Charter Templates – questions to ask, what to accept as a bare minimum etc.)
If you haven’t already signed up to receive all of the template materials to support your teaching staff in their delivery of school swimming, sign up here.
And if you have signed up, but haven’t nominated your School Swimming Champion, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your school name, the name of the champion and an email address.
Ideally, the School Swimming Champion should be trained via the National Curriculum Training Programme (NCTP) course to add to their knowledge and skills.
- To find out more on the NCTP, click here.