The School Swimming Charter

ASA School Swimming Charter

Here at Swim England we’re taking school swimming seriously, are you?

The School Swimming Charter has been developed by Swim England – not a faceless organisation but real people who are committed to helping save lives by ensuring children are safe in the water.

We’re inviting primary schools to join in partnership with us to commit to Taking School Swimming Seriously.

It’s our unique responsibility to work with primary schools and provide the necessary support and training required to deliver high quality swimming lessons, with the goal of not only meeting but exceeding the national curriculum minimum standards set by the Department for Education.

While we’re well aware that many schools have already paid significant attention to swimming as part of their scheduling and are achieving excellent results, it’s clear that many more are struggling to provide an effective school swimming programme. Unfortunately, still more primary schools don’t even offer school swimming at Key Stage 2.

We will do all we can to support schools to make sure that as many children as possible leave primary school able to swim at least 25 metres unaided – and are knowledgeable and safe around water.

Why should my school sign up?

Please note: Following our rebrand from the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) to Swim England, we’re in the second wave of updating our products and services, which includes the School Swimming Charter.

Click here to purchase current Awards and Booster Packs 1 and 2.

There’s an option to cherry pick your required items if you contact the Sales team on 0800 220292.

For existing Charter customer enquiries, please contact

For new customers or enquiries, please complete the form below to register your interest.

Your school will receive a pack of specialised school swimming resources, including a range of eight different Award certificates, badges and stickers, a National Curriculum Resource Pack giving definitive guidance on curriculum swimming, Waterproof Guidance Cards for poolside use, School Swimming Passports for each child to record their achievements, and much more…find out more here

By signing up to the School Swimming Charter and improving standards of swimming teaching and assessment:

  1. Your pupils will feel positive recognition of their progress in swimming as they are rewarded for reaching milestones
  2. Your school… will have a guarantee that if you deliver our recommendations, you will comply with national curriculum requirements
  3. Your staff… will feel motivated and valued by receiving substantial support and specialised resources on how to teach swimming
  4. Parents … will be reassured that you are taking action to improve school swimming and will be kept up-to-date on their child’s swimming attainment levels and successes


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