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Teaching and Education Conference Workshops

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Conference schedule

Registration and refreshments

Time: 8.15am

A welcome to the conference.

Conference opening

Time: 9:15-9:30am

Presenters: Jane Nickerson MBE (CEO of Swim England) and Jon Glenn (Swim England Workforce and Learn to Swim Director)

Content: A welcome to attendees and how the day will work.

Workshop one

Key Note

Time: 9.30-10.30am

Key note: Pip Hare

Audience: All attendees are invited to this workshop.

Content: As she flew across the start line of the 2020/21 Vendée Globe, Pip was the underdog battling for her place in a fleet of the world’s best offshore solo sailors. By the time she finished over 90 days later, she’d won the admiration of her peers and the hearts of her growing number of followers. Pip emerged, not just as the 8th woman to ever finish the race, but as the skipper who smashed expectations and pushed her old boat to a performance few thought possible.

With one Vendee Globe complete, Pip is now well on her way to the next solo circumnavigation in 2024. She’s got a new boat and a professional team behind her as she prepares a competitive campaign for the next race. After a boat refit over winter, Pip is concentrating on adjusting to life onboard a foiling IMOCA and learning how far she can push herself and her equipment in races including the Vendée Arctic and Route de Rhum.

Pip has been a professional sailor since leaving school at 18 and has a career spanning close to 30 years. As well as a sailor, Pip is a journalist, author and a compelling speaker on topics such as overcoming challenges to achieve, authenticity, risk management, gender equality. Her vivid anecdotes bring the drama of solo ocean racing to life – whether you’re a season mariner or an armchair adventurer. She continues to write for sailing magazines, produce coaching materials and to regularly blog.
 

Workshop two

Developing Swimmer Wellbeing

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm

Presenter: Adrian Bethune

Content: In this workshop with award-winning author and teacher, Adrian Bethune, attendees will learn why wellbeing is so integral to learning and improving performance. The session will focus on the importance of swimming teachers cultivating positive emotions in their students to inspire them and help them fulfill their potential. Adrian will share some of the key research from the science of wellbeing, as well as giving attendees practical ideas to take away and put into practice in the pool. 

Table Talk – what will you bring to the table

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm

Presenter: Swim England Educator Training Team

Content: A facilitated network opportunity with Educators, in advance of the session we shall release a number of pre-selected talking points for you submit questions and ideas. The session will then provide you with an opportunity to network with with your peers. With such a plethora of knowledge and abilities across our Educator workforce, wouldn’t an in-person session be the perfect opportunity to inspire each other? So… what will you bring to the table?

Inspiring different disciplines within your teaching

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm

Presenter: Swim England Learn to Swim Team

Content: This workshop will look at practices, activities and games that can be used to develop and inspire the aquatic disciplines, improve Core Aquatic Skills and keep your lessons fun and engaging.

During this workshop, the Learn to Swim team will demonstrate ways to incorporate the skills required for the different disciplines (water polo, artistic swimming, and diving) into your lessons from Stage 1 to Stage 7. Each activity and practice will show how you can adapt to support learners’ different abilities and SEND. This workshop will take place poolside.

Workshop three (A)

Inspiring teachers in the value of adaptation – best practice class management

Time: 12:30-2:00pm

Presenter: Katie Towner (Swim England Head of Learn to Swim)

Content: The safety of participants and their progress in swimming lessons will depend on your ability to manage your lessons effectively. This workshop will give you tips and tricks on how to meet the needs of the participants, looking at different teaching methods, behaviour management, use of assistants, differentiation and grouping on ability.

Inspiring different disciplines within your teaching

Time: 12:30-2:00pm

Presenter: Swim England Learn to Swim Team

Content: This workshop will look at practices, activities and games that can be used to develop and inspire the aquatic disciplines, improve Core Aquatic Skills and keep your lessons fun and engaging.

During this workshop, the Learn to Swim team will demonstrate ways to incorporate the skills required for the different disciplines (water polo, artistic swimming, and diving) into your lessons from Stage 1 to Stage 7. Each activity and practice will show how you can adapt to support learners’ different abilities and SEND. This workshop will take place poolside.

Workshop three (B)

Developing Swimmer Wellbeing

Time: 2:00-3.30pm

Presenter: Adrian Bethune

Content: In this workshop with award-winning author and teacher, Adrian Bethune, attendees will learn why wellbeing is so integral to learning and improving performance. The session will focus on the importance of swimming teachers cultivating positive emotions in their students to inspire them and help them fulfill their potential. Adrian will share some of the key research from the science of wellbeing, as well as giving attendees practical ideas to take away and put into practice in the pool. 

Creating the perfect pathway from learn to swim through to aquatic clubs

Time: 2:00-3.30pm

Presenter: Andy Jack (Swim England Club and Operator Relationship Manager)

Content:
This workshops aims to inspire those teachers who aim to create a pathway onto furthur aquatic areas for their swimmers. Learn to Swim providers and clubs are two major components of the aquatics sector, and swimming teachers can play a huge part in the creation of successful pathways from learn to swim through to our aquatic sports clubs. This is based around forging successful partnerships and working collaboratively. This workshop will consider:

  • The benefits of partnership working.
  • The role of the swimming teacher in introducing the aquatic disciplines.
  • Creating the perfect pathway from learn to swim through to aquatic clubs.
Inspiring different disciplines within your teaching

Time: 2:00-3.30pm

Presenter: Swim England Learn to Swim Team

Content: This workshop will look at practices, activities and games that can be used to develop and inspire the aquatic disciplines, improve Core Aquatic Skills and keep your lessons fun and engaging.

During this workshop, the Learn to Swim team will demonstrate ways to incorporate the skills required for the different disciplines (water polo, artistic swimming, and diving) into your lessons from Stage 1 to Stage 7. Each activity and practice will show how you can adapt to support learners’ different abilities and SEND. This workshop will take place poolside.

Workshop four

Creating the perfect pathway from learn to swim through to aquatic clubs

Time: 3:30-5.00pm

Presenter: Andy Jack (Swim England Club and Operator Relationship Manager)

Content:
This workshops aims to inspire those teachers who aim to create a pathway onto furthur aquatic areas for their swimmers. Learn to Swim providers and clubs are two major components of the aquatics sector, and swimming teachers can play a huge part in the creation of successful pathways from learn to swim through to our aquatic sports clubs. This is based around forging successful partnerships and working collaboratively. This workshop will consider:

  • The benefits of partnership working.
  • The role of the swimming teacher in introducing the aquatic disciplines.
  • Creating the perfect pathway from learn to swim through to aquatic clubs.
Inspiring teachers in the value of adaptation – best practice class management or Inspiring best practice class management

Time: 3:30-5.00pm

Presenter: Katie Towner (Swim England Head of Learn to Swim)

Content: The safety of participants and their progress in swimming lessons will depend on your ability to manage your lessons effectively. This workshop will give you tips and tricks on how to meet the needs of the participants, looking at different teaching methods, behaviour management, use of assistants, differentiation and grouping on ability.

Inspiring different disciplines within your teaching

Time: 3:30-5.00pm

Presenter: Swim England Learn to Swim Team

Content: This workshop will look at practices, activities and games that can be used to develop and inspire the aquatic disciplines, improve Core Aquatic Skills and keep your lessons fun and engaging.

During this workshop, the Learn to Swim team will demonstrate ways to incorporate the skills required for the different disciplines (water polo, artistic swimming, and diving) into your lessons from Stage 1 to Stage 7. Each activity and practice will show how you can adapt to support learners’ different abilities and SEND. This workshop will take place poolside.

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