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Teaching and Education Conference Workshops

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Workshop one

Welcome and Introduction to the day

Presenters: Jane Nickerson CEO of Swim England and Jon Glenn LTS and Workforce Director (Swim England)

Audience: All attendees are invited to this workshop.

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

Workshop two

School Swimming and Water Safety

Presenters: Dave Rayner – Technical Aquatics Manager (Swim England) and Ashley Jones – Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Manager (Swim England)

Audience: Teachers

Content: Lockdown 2020 took away a lot of the academic year for children across the country. Swimming within schools is often the only opportunity many children receive as an experience of an aquatic environment. During lockdown, School Swimming will have been absent from a child’s school life for almost an entire school year. This workshop will detail the impact time out of the pool has had and what we as an industry as well as individual swim teachers can do to ensure the focus returns to School Swimming and how we can ensure Water Safety is taken seriously.

Rebuilding Business after Covid

Presenters: Swim England Learn to Swim team and Aqua Aims (Swim England Swim School of the year 2019)

Audience: Swim Schools

Content: Are you a Swim School owner looking at way to maximise the your business or at ways to rebuild after Covid. This workshops explore ideas and real life example on how swim schools have bounced back after lockdown.

An audience with Kate Grey

Presenter: Kate Grey

Audience: All

Content: Kate Grey is a former Paralympic Swimmer and now works as a broadcaster covering Paralympic sport and is also an athlete mentoring working in schools.

Kate has grown up with a disability since the age of 2 and sport, particular swimming, has been a big part of her life and has helped her overcome many challenges.

Kate represented Great Britain for 10 years including competing at the Beijing Paralympic games.
Her swimming career came to an untimely end in 2012 but she has since transitioned into the world of media and supporting young people through the power of sport.

A story of overcoming life challenges through disability, sport and growing up.

Workshop three

Making Swimming and Swimming Teaching More Inclusive

Presenter: Danielle Obe CEO The Black Swimming Association

Audience: Teachers and Educators

Content: My journey into aquatics has been quite a unique one. One that has accorded me the opportunity and privilege today, to share with you – teachers, educators, programme designers and assessors my aquatic journey as a BAME woman, mother and co-founder of the Black Swimming Association. My story would hopefully give you some insight into swimming from the eyes of a consumer and leave you with a few hints and tips on how you can start to make swimming, swimming teaching and aquatics as a whole, more inclusive. If I could leave you with one key message, it would be the power and impact we each make when we choose to Embolden, Empower and Inspire inclusion in aquatics – one life at a time.

The Online Educator: Introduction to online delivery and assessment

Presenter: Adam Goymer – Tutor/Product Development Manager (Swim England)

Audience: Educators

Content: ELearning is fast becoming the norm and whilst online learning has the potential to reach many more people, careful consideration is needed to ensure that online learning is not only accessible but can meet the needs of all. This webinar will explore best practice for inclusive online learning environments and provide practical tips to engage and support all learners embarking on their eLearning journey.

Workshop four

Key Note: Michael Gunning

Presenter: Michael Gunnin

Audience: All

Content: Michael Gunning is best known as an international competitive swimmer having attended two FINA World Swimming Championships. Holding dual Jamaican and British citizenship, he represented Team GB in the European LEN Cup and after the Rio Olympic Games he changed alliances to represent his father’s heritage of Team Jamaica.

Not only has he made movements for swimming in Jamaica by being crowned the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ back in 2018, but he’s also admired in the media and entertainment world when he came out as gay on the award-winning series ‘The Bi Life’ by NBC Universal on E! Entertainment. His career is so uniquely defined across the globe, and his debut in TV made him the Caribbean’s first openly gay athlete / swimmer living and training in the United Kingdom.

With his sights still set firmly on qualifying for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, his efforts in training with the British team have been commendable to media worldwide and is a regular pundit and avid speaker for the charities Stonewall UK and Athlete Ally, acting as a Professional Ambassador/Advocate for LGBTQ+ rights in sport.

Workshop five

Mind UK

Presenter: Sam Perks

Audience: Teachers and Educators

Content: The nation’s mental health has been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Mind’s research highlights that more than half of adults and over two thirds of young people have said their mental health got worse during lockdown.
However, physical activity, including swimming, has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood and lower the risk of depression and anxiety. In this session, Mind will highlight practical ways the swimming workforce can support people experiencing mental health problems to be active. This will include how you can adapt your activities to ensure they are inclusive, welcoming and open to people experiencing mental health problems.

Future of facilities in England

Presenter: Richard Lamburn – Head of Facilities (Swim England) and Alex Hains – Head of Business Engagement (Swim England)

Audience: Swim School Owners, Operators

Content: With an ageing facilities stock in the UK the future of our facilities is worrying. By 2030 without interventions we could have available as little as half of the facilities we currently swim in, many of those closures are being accelerated due to the effect of Covid. This presentation will look at what the swim England facilities team are doing to combat the loss of our facilities, providing an insight into new innovations, pioneering technologies and new ways of building swimming facilities.

Introducing, developing and mastering Core Aquatic Skills

Presenter: Alex Barrett – Technical Aquatics Manager (Swim England)

Content: It has never been more important for a teacher returning to the pool after lockdown to understand how to introduce, develop and master key skills in order to effectively continue to teach your learners how to swim and come back stronger from the lockdown! Aquatics skills play are a key element in Swim England’s Learn to Swim framework and this workshop has been designed to equip you with the knowledge of how your swimmers can be introduced to, develop and master the key aquatic skills. This principle of introduce , develop and master will support swimmers in moving through the learn to swim programme and unlocking their aquatic potential.

Workshop six

SwimPix

Presenter: Alison Bell

Audience: Teachers and Educators

Content: This workshop will enhance your skills for effective communication, teaching from poolside AND in the classroom – especially useful in this current climate.

We cover the use of Aswim uk’s teaching resources. Aswim’s SwimPix flashcards were initially launched to support the Swim England Learn to Swim programme and now cover the ‘School Swimming and Water Safety charter’ as well as the ‘School Swimming Foundation charter’ for SEND schools.

Aswim’s tools enable many classroom activities, including water safety education, giving more time to ‘actual’ swimming when learners get to the pool!

The Online Educator: Inclusive eLearning environments

Presenter: Fiona MacNamee – Tutor Training Manager (Swim England) and Sarah Green – Head of Educator Training (Swim England)

Audience: Educators

Content: ELearning is fast becoming the norm and whilst online learning has the potential to reach many more people, careful consideration is needed to ensure that online learning is not only accessible but can meet the needs of all. This webinar will explore best practice for inclusive online learning environments and provide practical tips to engage and support all learners embarking on their eLearning journey.

Introducing, developing and mastering alternating strokes

Presenter: Dave Rayner – Technical Aquatics Manager (Swim England)

Content: It has never been more important for a teacher returning to the pool after lockdown to understand how to introduce, develop and master key skills in order to effectively continue to teach your learners how to swim and come back stronger from lockdown! Alternating strokes play an integral part in Swim England’s Learn to Swim framework and this workshop has been designed to equip you with the knowledge of how your swimmers can be introduced to, develop and master alternating strokes. This principle of introduce , develop and master will support swimmers in moving through the learn to swim programme and unlocking their aquatic potential.

Workshop seven

Partnerships working together to understand SEND children and deliver the best opportunities strategically and operationally

Presenter: Rob Belbin

Audience: All

Content: This webinar will explore the partnerships and support networks that surround young people with SEND. It will touch on the impact that COVID 19 has been having on SEND young people and their families. Advice and guidance will be provided on how we as teachers, coaches and educators can work together with these support networks to understand more and provide the best aquatics experience possible.

Discover how pre school lessons create a strong foundation for Learn to Swim Programmes

Presenter: Alex Barrett – Aquatics Manager (Swim England) and Ruth Edwards – Engagement Manager (Swim England)

Audience: All

Content: Pre School Lesson are fundamental to ensure that swimmers have a strong foundation in core aquatic skills and have a life long love for the sport. However, there is not as many pre-school lessons as learn to swim stage 1-7, which is something we are passionate about influencing. Within this session you will learn how to build this foundation and what benefits having a strong foundation has to your swimmers journey and swim school.

Reasonable Adjustments and PRL in Practice

Presenter: Fiona Grant – Head of Swim England Qualifications

Content: Why we all need to or should apply these key aspects to support Learners success. What is an Educators, Approved Training Centre and Awarding Organisations obligations under legislation and regulation. What should we do, can we do and what can be the limitations and opportunities in ‘reality and practice’.

Workshop eight

Introducing, developing and mastering simultaneous strokes

Presenter: Lauren Paget – Technical Aquatics Manager (Swim England)

Audience: All

Content: It has never been more important for a teacher returning to the pool after lockdown to understand how to introduce, develop and master key skills in order to effectively continue to teach your learners how to swim and come back stronger from lockdown! Simultaneous strokes play an integral part in Swim England’s Learn to Swim framework and this workshop has been designed to equip you with the knowledge of how your swimmers can be introduced to, develop and master simultaneous strokes. This principle of introduce , develop and master will support swimmers in moving through the learn to swim programme and unlocking their aquatic potential.

Insight into the role of a Swim England Educator

Presenter: Adam Goymer – Tutor/Product Development Manager (Swim England) and Fiona MacNamee – Tutor Training Manager (Swim England)

Audience: All

Content: Would you like to become a Swim England tutor or CPD presenter? would you like to find out more about the role and responsibilities being an educator entails? Would you like to find out more about the tutor training programme? Then this is the session for you. Swim England’s tutor training manager and educator development manager will be on hand to answer your questions and provide you with a detailed insight into the day to day role of a Swim England educator

Making a Splash – How mixed ability sports are changing inclusive provision

Presenter: International Mixed Ability Sports (IMAS) and Mike Hawkes Inclusion and Health and Safety partner (Swim England)

Audience: All

Content: This workshop will explain the benefits of the ‘Mixed Ability Model’ and how it is being utilised across multiple sports, including swimming, to increase participation amongst disabled people and those previously disengaged with sport. The workshop will consist of a brief overview, followed by scenario-based discussions around coaching and teaching led by IMAS staff and existing MA participants.

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