Swimming and Water Safety in Schools

Inclusion 2020

What is Inclusion 2020?

Inclusion 2020 is an exciting initiative, inspired by the 2020 Paralympic Games and funded by Department for Education (DfE).

Its aim is to increase opportunities for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) within physical education at school, helping them to get the most out of school sport and physical activity.

Who is leading Inclusion 2020?

Youth Sport Trust is leading the initiative and we are proud to be part of the steering group, along with Activity Alliance, the British Paralympic Association, and NASEN (National Association of Special Educational Needs).

What will happen during Inclusion 2020?

Ahead of the 2020 Games, 50 carefully selected primary, secondary and special schools across England will be championing countywide ‘Learning and Discovery’ festivals. Here, pupils of all abilities will be able to experience different para-sports whilst being supported by athlete mentors.

The schools will also be responsible for training staff and sharing best practice with other schools to improve the provision of PE, school sport and physical activity for young people with SEND.

What is Swim England doing to support Inclusion 2020?

Swim England’s involvement will include:

  • In-depth research into the current swimming provision for young people with SEND and their barriers to participation.
  • Teams working together to respond to insight and develop new resources and tools to support young people with SEND in learning to swim and developing water confidence.
  • New CPDs and teacher training to support inclusive swimming programmes.
  • Case studies of pupils with additional needs making progress in their school swimming lessons, who may go on to support others to achieve their 30 active minutes in the school day.

Additional resources

Read Department for Education’s School Sport and Activity Action Plan for 2019 to learn more about the importance of school swimming and water safety in primary school and our role in Inclusion 2020.

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