Swimming and Water Safety in Schools


Charter Resources for Schools

Use the links below to download individual Charter Resource files for the Swim England School Swimming and Water Safety Charter.

Click on the boxes to expand or close each section, then click or tap between the tabs to view and download useful resources.

If you cannot see the resources below, please check your Charter sign-up confirmation email, or contact us at schoolswimming@swimming.org.

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Video resources

Click or tap the panels below to view and download the resources.

Alternatively, you can click here to download all resources as a zip file.

Expand icon COVID-19 support
Below you will find links to guidance and resources to support schools in making a safe return to the pool, following COVID-19:
Returning to the Pool Guidance for School Swimming.docx
Returning to Pools Supporting Resources.pdf
Guidance for full opening: Schools (GOV.UK).pdf
Letter to parents from school - branded.docx
Letter to parents from school - unbranded.docx
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General Resources

Use the press release template below to shout about your membership of the Swim England School Swimming and Water Safety Charter.

Have a listen to our Director Jon Glenn speaking on the Key Voices podcast about how the Charter is making a positive impact on school swimming across the nation.

Charter Press Release Template.docx
Podcast: School Swimming and water safety
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Teaching Resources

Use these cross-curricular ideas to get you started on planning your lessons – and why not try using this presentation in assembly?

Cross-Curricular Ideas.pdf
Assembly Presentation.pptx
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School Swimming Certificates

School Swimming and Water Safety Awards

Below you will find certificates for the eight School Swimming and Water Safety Awards.

When your pupil completes each Award, make sure you reward them with their certificate – each certificate tells pupils what they are now able to do by listing the Award outcomes on the back.

Remember to also give them their achievement sticker for their progress card (passport), which are supplied in your physical resource pack.

School Swimming Certificate 1.docx
School Swimming Certificate 2.docx
School Swimming Certificate 3.docx
School Swimming Certificate 4.docx
School Swimming Certificate 5.docx
School Swimming Certificate 6.docx
School Swimming Certificate Aquatic Skills.docx
School Swimming Certificate Self Rescue.docx

School Swimming Foundation Awards

Below you will find certificates for School Swimming Foundation Awards 1-5 and Water Safety Awareness Award.

These Awards are a precursor to the School Swimming Awards and are ideal for those pupils who are taking smaller steps to achieve the full national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety.

The School Swimming Foundation Awards support campaigns such as Inclusion 2020.

A teacher’s guide on how to deliver these Awards effectively is supplied in the Guidance Documents section. Sticker packs and progress cards to support these Awards will be released later in 2020.

Foundation Award 1.docx
Foundation Award 2.docx
Foundation Award 3.docx
Foundation Award 4.docx
Foundation Award 5.docx
Water Safety Awareness Award.docx
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Guidance Documents

In this section you will find:

  • Guidance and templates to use for planning and delivering your lessons.
  • A guide to water safety around different water environments.
  • A document featuring all the School Swimming and Water Safety Award outcomes.
  • A teacher’s guide on the School Swimming Foundation Awards.
  • The Swim England School Swimming Assessment Tool (more information below).

Water Safety.pdf
Planning the Lesson.pdf
Delivering the Lesson.pdf
School Swimming Award Outcomes.pdf
School Swimming Foundation Awards Teacher guide.pdf

Below is the Swim England School Swimming Assessment Tool. It’s an easy-to-use digital action planning document that can be used to improve school swimming for pupils with SEND.

The tool guides discussion between schools, swimming lesson providers and pool operators so barriers to participation can be identified and solutions implemented by adapting lesson plans and facilities.

School Swimming Assessment Tool.docx
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Charter Stamp
As a Swim England School Swimming and Water Safety Charter member, we would encourage you to use this Charter logo on any presentations, communication and your school PE website to show that your school is taking school swimming and water safety seriously.

Below you’ll find the files and a guidance document on usage.

Charter Stamp Guidelines.pdf
Charter Stamp – Black.jpg
Charter Stamp – Grey.jpg
Charter Stamp – Grey.eps
Charter Stamp – White.png
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School Champion Communication Templates

Use these templates to help you communicate effectively about your plans for swimming this term/school year with your lesson provider/pool operator.

Champion to Provider 1.docx
Champion to Provider 2.docx
Champion to Provider 3.docx

Use these templates to help you communicate effectively about your plans for swimming this term/school year with your pupils parents.

Champion to Parent 1.docx
Champion to Parent 2.docx
Champion to Parent 3.docx
Champion to Parent 4.docx
Champion to Parent 5.docx
Champion to Parent 6.docx

Use these templates to help your pupils understand what they will be doing and learning in their swimming and water safety lessons this term/school year.

Champion to Pupil 1.docx
Champion to Pupil 2.docx
Champion to Pupil 3.docx
Champion to Pupil 4.docx
Champion to Pupil 5.docx
Champion to Pupil 6.docx

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