How to get involved with the ASA School Charter campaign

Two smiling girls by pool. Get involved with the ASA School Swimming campaign and help improve the quality of their lessons.

It doesn’t matter who you are, everyone can play a key role in helping to improve school swimming in England. Learn below how you can get involved with the ASA School Charter.

Head teachers and class teachers at primary schools in England

  1. Sign up to the ASA School Swimming Charter here.
  2. Use your Sports Premium funding to pay for the Charter and additional support, resources and training, including the National Curriculum Training Programme to train teaching staff to deliver and support high quality school swimming. If you need further advice on this, download our guide here.

Politicians

  • Encourage primary schools in your constituency to sign up to the ASA School Swimming Charter here, and challenge those that don’t
  • Pledge to prioritise the only sport that saves lives
  • It is essential that Ofsted implement a more rigorous assessment and reporting process – help us to influence them to put this in place

Parents and their children at Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11)

  • Encourage your child’s primary school to sign up to the ASA School Swimming Charter here and they will get lots of support from the ASA with their school swimming programme
  • Ask your child’s school what they are doing about school swimming. Every child should be able to swim unaided for at least a length (25 metres) by the time they leave primary school – what are the attainment rates like at your child’s school?
  • Take an active interest in your child’s achievements in school swimming lessons
  • For more information and guidance on school swimming for parents download our guide here.

Local Authorities and Pool Operators

Schools have communicated to the ASA that they need more help and support with their school swimming delivery. Your organisation is one of the ASA’s valuable key partners in the effective delivery of school swimming.

Therefore we are asking for you to coordinate efforts with them to ensure that every primary school child in England has the opportunity to learn to swim in a high quality school swimming programme:

  • The ASA will ask primary schools who sign up to the School Swimming Charter to plan the delivery of the school swimming programme in partnership with yourselves.
  • The ASA will ask primary schools who sign up to the School Swimming Charter to share their Charter resources with you.
  • Resources will also be available for school swimming learn to swim providers to purchase. For a Resources Catalogue please email us at schoolcharter@swimming.org
  • Encourage schools to use their government funding for providing extra teaching staff and Top-Up lessons to help those pupils that are struggling to achieve the minimum standards
  • School swimming providers need to talk to schools and ensure that they fully understand the delivery of curriculum school swimming.
  • You will be already aware that the national curriculum has been revised and schools are being reminded that it is a statutory element.
  • Encourage schools to make greater use of your facilities and use their government funding for the provision of extra teaching staff to help with teacher:pupil ratios, and Top-Up lessons to help those pupils that are struggling to achieve the minimum standards.
  • Encourage the primary schools you work with to sign up to the ASA School Swimming Charter. With the help of the resources we provide, they will be able to plan the delivery of their school swimming programme in partnership with you.

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