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Teaching and Education Conference Workshops

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Workshop one

Welcome and Introduction to the day

Time: 9:30-10:00am

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

Audience: All attendees are invited to this workshop.

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

Workshop two

Key Note

Time: 10:00-10:45am

Presenter: Chris Cook

Audience: All attendees are invited to this workshop.

Content: After competing for Great Britain for nearly 10 years, Chris hung up the trunks and retired from international swimming and began working with businesses/organisations far and wide to help inspire, mentor and coach people to embrace ‘challenge and change’ for their optimal performance. Chris has built a reputation as a motivational speaker throughout the last seven years working from referral to referral, sharing his story and the lessons learnt from the journey with over 400,000 people. Throughout this time, Chris designed and delivered an Olympic Inspiration Programme for children to schools across Kent (UK) which reached over 300 schools spanning six years.

In 2011 Chris was a lead mentor on a the ‘Sky Sports Living for Sport’ – inspiration programme across the UK and Ireland. The programme was designed to assist disengaged people from society to get back on track. This role involved training up former Olympians and World Class Athletes to deliver inspirational talks and mentoring/coaching programmes. The role involved working with the most challenging of young people whilst coaching athletes to transition from sport to mentoring.

During the 2012 Olympic Games in London and 2021 Tokyo, Chris was selected to mentor and coach the next generation of Olympians on the ‘Ambition Programme’. This programme involved taking potential Olympians to experience an Olympic games. Chris’s role was to mentor athletes to maximise the whole experience and to expand their personal development.

Here and now… Currently, Chris and his wife Erica, run their own Learn to swim business – ‘Swim Buddies’ which has seen the business (located in Darlington, UK) grow from seven swimmers in their first week in September 2014 through to over 900 children swimming with Swim Buddies every week.

Chris’s coaching, speaking and mentoring is centred around personal development. Whether it’s in the water helping swimmers or on dry land in business and life, Chris believes that success is something you attract from the person you become.  
 

Workshop three

Health – Creating inclusive and accessible aquatic environments

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm

Presenter: Ali Noyce (Swim England Health and Wellbeing Manager) and Catriona Sudlow (Activities and Development Lead at Your LiveWire)

Audience: Teachers and Operators

Content: This sessions will focus on some of the key components that go towards creating accessible and inclusive aquatic environments for people with long term health conditions. – Explaining how use of Swim England’s environmental assessment tool can help to identify important modifications to pool environments – solutions adopted by pool operators and examples of good practice outlined – Additional training developed to support the concept of the whole facility team as part of the ‘environment’.

Water Safety – Providing a safe swimming lesson environment and controlling costs

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm

Presenter: Jo Talbot (Director of Commercial Operations RLSS UK)

Audience: Teachers, Swim Schools, Approved Training Centres, Coordinators and Managers

Content: Finding a balance between safety and cost. Learn to maximise safety, whilst controlling costs. RLSS UK will give you an overview of your safety responsibilities, regulations, and guidance; whilst providing you with examples of how you can comply. The session is designed for those with overall responsibility for safety.

Teaching – Sculling the basic principles, advanced practices and how they affect the strokes

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm

Presenter: Hannah Secher (Swim England Educator and Head Coach at Rugby SC Artistic Swimming)

Audience: Teachers, Educators and Swim Schools

Content:

  • Sculling – the basic principles
  • Teaching Sculling – where to start and how to incorporate into sessions including games
  • Advancing sculling techniques and practises
  • Application to strokes and other aquatic skills
Educator – Educator Training’s Mystery Item

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm

Presenter: Educator Training Team

Audience: Educators

Content: Over the past 18 months, education has been on quite the journey and the next 6 months will likely bring further opportunities and challenges. As such, we felt that finalising a topic now could lead to that subject being out of date by the time conference arrives or a more current and relevant subject presents itself. Therefore, we, Educator Training, will be leaving the door open to our workshop and will finalise the detail when the time feels right. So, do you trust us and dare to book on to the Mystery item?

School – SwimPix and the Swim England Foundation Awards

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm

Presenter: Alison Bell (Owner of aSwimUK and Swim England Educator)

Audience: Schools, Teachers, Operators and Educators

Content: SwimPix was used in the Inclusion 2020 project with great success. The Foundation Awards were created to support School Swimming for those pupils with SEND, which help pupils to progress in smaller steps and achieve personal goals, either with or without support. SwimPix was further developed to support these awards.

These Awards focus on the following:

  • Acclimatisation to the pool environment.
  • ater confidence and individual core aquatic skills.
  • Moving and travelling around the pool, giving pupils a feel for recognisable strokes and offering them the opportunity to progress to front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke if they are able.
  • Essential water safety.

This workshop will explore ways to deliver an inclusive school swimming programme using SwimPix to support both the pupils and teachers.

Business – Awards Sales and Retention for Business

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm

Presenter: Alex Barratt (Swim England Learn to Swim Technical Aquatics Manager) and Dave Rayner (Swim England Learn to Swim Technical Aquatics Manager)

Audience: Swim Schools, Operators and Coordinators

Content: Awards are an essential element of the learn to swim pathway and key to engage/motivate learners. This workshop will therefore explore exammples of best practice for implamenting Swim England awards into your programme. The session will also showcase the links between core awards and complemnatary awards. Finally, the session will show how awards contribute to a sustainable business model.

Workshop four

Health – Leveraging healthcare professionals to promote swimming

Time: 1:00-2:30pm

Presenter: Andrew Power (Swim England Water Wellbeing Specialist)

Audience: Teachers and Operators

Content: The session will discuss why and who you might consider establishing new healthcare partnerships with to increase uptake to swimming offers – Making sense of national structures to local partnerships in health – Key professionals identified from recent behavioural insights – Introducing social prescribing and the role of the link worker in supporting people to be more active – Key uniqe selling points for swimming and specific long term health condition ‘anchors’ that will reasonate with healthcare professionals.

Water Safety – Teaching in low resource settings

Time: 1:00-2:30pm

Presenter: Tom Mecrow (Senior International Evidence Manager RNLI)

Audience: Teachers and Swim Schools

Content: What can we learn from international programmes 370,000 people drown around the world each year the RNLI International Team worked with number of partners to create the Aquatic Survival Programme, a learn to swim programme designed to be delivered in low resource settings. We’ll take a look at some of the expriences from the delivery of that programme.

Teaching – Equality of Delivery while incorporating ‘Progressive Activities’ – key to success

Time: 1:00-2:30pm

Presenter: Mike Gallagher (Swim England Educator)

Audience: Teachers, Educators and Swim Schools

Content: Learn to Swim Framework stages 1 – 7 presents us with a series of outcomes.
It does not detail how to get there.
The art of teaching is to rise to the challenge in front of us as teachers.
That challenge is the swimmers in front of us with their range of abilities, experiences and backgrounds.
Those needs are individual.
Equality of Delivery does not mean delivering lessons in the same way to every child.
It is about taking the children on an exploratory journey which results in achievement of the outcomes of the Learn to Swim Framework.
This necessitates working from where the child is at.
The teaching method must be progressive and must reflect mixed ability and not an approach of ‘one method fits all’

You and I are only as good as our ability to teach those in front of us today.
This means we must have great flexibility and imagination in our teaching methods.

Join me to explore the many ways that the uniqueness of the individual child allows me and you as teachers to enhance our teaching skills and enables every child to succeed.
We will explore:

  • What is meant by progressive activities?
  • What is fundamental to the construct of skills and strokes
  • What do we mean by ‘Adaptation’
  • Understanding ‘positive transfer of skill’

Success breeds success.
Every child is a winner.

Educator – Educator Training’s Mystery Item

Time: 1:00-2:30pm

Presenter: Educator Training Team

Audience: Educators

Content: Over the past 18 months, education has been on quite the journey and the next 6 months will likely bring further opportunities and challenges. As such, we felt that finalising a topic now could lead to that subject being out of date by the time conference arrives or a more current and relevant subject presents itself. Therefore, we, Educator Training, will be leaving the door open to our workshop and will finalise the detail when the time feels right. So, do you trust us and dare to book on to the Mystery item?

School – Models of delivery for school swimming and water safety

Time: 1:00-2:30pm

Presenter: David Bullen (Swim England Educator/Schools Aquatic Development Manager)

Audience: Schools, Teachers, Operators and Educators

Content: School swimming and water safety are a vital life skill and a compulsory part of the Primary National Curriculum. This engaging and interactive workshop is an opportunity to share and discuss best practice ideas, resources, training and models of delivery to improve school swimming attainment.

Business – How to get the best from your swimming software provider

Time: 1:00-2:30pm

Presenter: Geoff Wade (Swim England Educator)

Audience: Swim Schools, Operators and Coordinators

Content: The session is lead by an expert in the sector and will explore the effective implamentation of Learn to Swim managament systems. This session will give you best practice examples of using a variety of systems to their full potenital – CoursePro/Learn2/OnCourse.

Workshop five

Health – Understanding health conditions

Time: 2:30-4:00pm

Presenter: Andrew Power (Swim England Water Wellbeing Specialist) and Ben Wilkins (CEO at Good Boost)

Audience: Teachers and Operators

Content: This session will focus on some of the things you might know (and might not know) about the benefits and contraindications to swimming and aquatic activity for those with long term health conditions and impairments – Discussion around some of the most common conditions and the evidence supporting health and wellbeing benefits – Limitations and restrictions with certain conditions and approaching issues where being active in water is not indicated – Developing an understanding and being able to empathise with people with restrictions to aquatic activity, resources and training available.

Water Safety – Using Lifesaving to retain swimmers

Time: 2:30-4:00pm

Presenter: Lee Heard

Audience: Teachers and Swim Schools

Content: Want to retain swimmers who want ‘something different’. RLSS UK offer a suite of Lifesaving Awards for school swimming or swimming lessons. Rookie Lifeguard is the perfect exit route, providing children essential lifesaving skills to keep themselves and others safe whilst enjoying water. Also included in the session, RLSS UK will provide information for using flexible programmes such as Water Smart and Survive & Save awards. Lifesaving is every parent/guardian’s dream – keep the child in interested in swimming lessons whilst also gaining essential life skills!!

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

Time: 2:30-4:00pm

Presenter: Becky Walker (Swim England Club Growth and Programme Manager) and Andy Jack (Swim England Club and Operator Relationships Manager)

Audience: Teachers, Educators and Swim Schools

Content: 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
Educator – No workshop

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School – Using the Primary PE and sport Premium funding to improve National Curriculum school swimming

Time: 2:30-4:00pm

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

Audience: Schools, Teachers and Operators

Content: Since the start of the pandemic many children have been unable to take part in school swimming lessons, and for many this is their only opportunity to learn the important life skill of swimming and safe self rescue. This workshop will offer ideas and solutions to reach and support these children and young people, inclusive of those with SEND. The workshop will also explore how schools can fully utilise the PE and sport PE premium.

Business – What does good look like?

Time: 2:30-4:00pm

Presenter: Alex Barrett (Swim England Learn to Swim Technical Aquatics Manager)

Audience: Swim Schools, Operators and Coordinators

Content: No one swim school is indenitfical and Swim England partners across the country all offer something unique to their auidence, but is there a common theme or benchmark to work towards. This workshop will look to answer the questions, what does a good swim school look like? This workshop will offer suggestions and tips to help grow your programme.

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