Swimming and Water Safety in Schools

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Curriculum Swimming and Water Safety Resource Pack

We are committed to making sure every child leaves primary school able to swim and with a good knowledge of water safety.

To support this aim, Swim England and the Swim Group have created a resource pack for all those involved in the delivery of curriculum swimming and water safety.

The resource pack has been split into separate documents, to provide dedicated information for each  group. Each section provides practical guidance on how to plan, deliver and report on curriculum swimming and water safety.

Curriculum Swimming and Water Safety Resource Packs

Overview of resource materials:

  • Primary Schools
    Why it is important to teach swimming and water safety; what is meant by the three national curriculum outcomes; how to utilise the PE and Sport Premium to up-skill teachers and provide Top-up lessons; ways to engage and support all pupils; how to make lessons as cost and time effective as possible.There is also a separate Support Materials pack with additional information and best practice information.
  • Pool operators
    What support is required by primary schools to deliver swimming and water safety lessons; what is meant by the national curriculum outcomes and how to ensure all children achieve them; the challenges primary schools face and how to work together to achieve joint aims.
  • Swimming Teachers
    How the national curriculum outcomes are different to other learn to swim programmes; how schools can support with lesson planning and at the pool; school monitoring requirements.
  • Parents and carers
    What you should expect from your primary school; what your child should learn from their curriculum swimming and water safety lessons; how you should be updated on your child’s progress; how you can support your child’s swimming after they finish primary school.
  • Water Safety Resource
    What elements to focus on; what is meant by safe self-rescue; how to teach and record attainment.

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