Using the Sport Premium to enable high quality swimming provision

Ensuring teachers are confident in teaching all aspects of Physical Education is vitally important for providing the right opportunities for all of your pupils.

According to research by Sport England, only 20 per cent of teachers rate their confidence in teaching PE in the top three of their subjects, for half of teachers it is in the bottom six.

Sport England has released a video on the importance of training your staff for delivering PE lessons, you can watch this at the top of this page.

Physical Education is essential for all pupils as it provides opportunities for children to learn about exercise and why it is important for health and wellbeing.

Quality PE lessons help to improve confidence, concentration, coordination and many more essential life skills.

Swimming is one of the most important forms of physical activity for pupils to learn. Not only does it give all of the health benefits provided by other sports, but it is a skill that could one day save their life.

It is also one of the most accessible forms of physical activity. Disabled children and young people find swimming gives them a freedom to do things that they may not always be able to do on land. School PE lessons should be inclusive for all children, regardless of their ability or any disability they may have to contend with.

The PE and Sport Premium is available to help primary schools improve the quality of their PE provision. Swimming is a statutory part of the national curriculum so it’s very important that schools make sure the teaching staff who are involved in school swimming are both competent and confident, to enable them to provide high quality school swimming lessons.

The ASA School Swimming Charter provides primary schools with training and resources to help primary school teachers to gain this essential confidence and knowledge – find out more about the School Swimming Charter here.

For more information about using the Sport Premium to train your staff for school swimming lessons, check out our FAQs here.

You can also download our advice document here.

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