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About the Swim England Teaching and Education Awards 2021

What are the Teaching and Education Awards?

Swim England will host an evening of fun and excitement, honouring the very best of our swimming workforce in the UK.

The Awards evening is about recognising the fantastic achievements of operators, educators, swimming teachers, swim schools and lesson providers within our sector. It’s a chance to highlight the innovations and successes that we can all be inspired by.

There are eight awards available to enter. Click below for the nomination judging criteria details.

Swim England Teaching and Education Awards Categories

Swim England Approved Centre Inclusion Champions

This award recognises a Swim England Qualifications Approved Training Centre that has shown outstanding innovation in promoting inclusion and diversity for learners. They will be able to demonstrate they have made a significant effort to make a difference in individual’s lives through positive inclusion, equality and diversity actions.

Approved Training Centre Key Centre Contacts should submit clear reasons/evidence within their nomination for why they should be voted Inclusion Champions.

Criteria:

  • Must be a Swim England Qualifications Approved Training Centre.
  • Must be actively delivering Swim England Qualifications.
Swim England Trainee Tutor of the Year

This award recognises a Swim England Trainee Tutor who has engaged fully with the Educator Training team and their Advanced Practitioner (AP). They will have demonstrated excellent communication skills with learners and others throughout their time on the programme. They should have acted on the developmental feedback given, striving to hold themselves to the highest possible standards, showing they have taken developmental opportunities when they have arisen, for example: attending CPD course delivery sessions, undertaking additional observations etc. Nominations are open to all Educators and Approved Training Centre Key Contacts.

Criteria:

  • Must be/have been a Swim England Trainee Tutor between 2019-2021.
  • Must have a current Swim England Educator license.
  • Must have completed their tutor training programme between November 2019 and 2021.
Swim England Educator of the Year

This award recognises an Educator who has continually gone above and beyond the day-to-day requirements of their role for the benefit of their learners. This Educator will have demonstrated a learner centred, inclusive approach to course delivery and assessment, and shown innovation and excellence in their course design, delivery and assessment. Nominations are open to all Educators and Approved Training Centres. Your nomination may contain details of activities older than 12 months.

Criteria:

  • Must have a current Swim England Educator license.
  • Must be able to demonstrate examples of delivering high quality, inclusive courses.
  • Show evidence of continual professional development.
Swim England Primary School of the Year

This award recognises a school that has taken the appropriate steps to demonstrate proactive action to improve the delivery of their school swimming and water safety. This school will be a member of the Swim England School Swimming and Water Safety Charter and be able to demonstrate good practice in their aquatic delivery.

Criteria:

  • Must be currently signed up to the Swim England School Swimming and Water Safety Charter.
  • The school must have published/reported the percentage of year 6 pupils who meet each of the three national curriculum requirements
  • Must be able to demonstrate examples of delivering high quality, inclusive, school swimming and water safety lessons.
  • Can demonstrate the up-skilling of school staff who support the delivery of school swimming lessons.
  • Are actively using the Swim England School Swimming and Water Safety Charter Award Scheme.
  • Ideally demonstrate how appropriate competitive opportunities have been made available to pupils.
  • Show evidence of innovative ways of delivering school swimming and water safety lessons.
Swim England Swim School of the Year

This award is for a Swim England Swim School Member. Swim Schools nominated in this category should exemplify providing an excellent service to all of their members, ensuring the development of their learners, swimmers and staff by continually striving to achieve high standards.

Criteria:

  • Must be an active Swim England Swim School Member.
  • Must be delivering lessons in one or more of the four frameworks within the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme (Pre-School Framework, Learn to Swim Framework, Aquatic Skills Framework, or Adult Swimming Framework).
  • The Swim School must be offering/rewarding learners with Swim England Awards.
  • Show evidence of innovative ways of delivering Learn to Swim sessions. Demonstrate how they support an inclusive learning environment.
  • Show evidence of continual professional development of swim school employees.

Please note: The shortlisted Swim Schools will receive a call and a visit from a Swim England Assessor as part of the judging process, depending on current circumstances.

Swim England Swimming Teacher of the Year

This award recognises a teacher who provides quality lessons week in week out. They are motivated to improve their learners’ standards and go the extra mile to ensure they deliver the best quality, inclusive learning experience for their pupils.

Criteria:

  • Must be a Swim England (or formerly ASA) qualified swim teacher who has continued to seek ongoing personal/professional development.
  • Must be delivering one or more of the four frameworks, within the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme (Pre-School Framework, Learn to Swim Framework, Aquatic Skills Framework, or Adult Swimming Framework).
  • Must be delivering a fun, dynamic and inclusive approach to teaching swimming.
  • Provides support and mentoring to other swimming teachers and swimming assistants.
Swim England School Swimming Lesson Provider of the Year

This award recognises a lesson provider delivering exceptional school swimming lessons aligned to the national curriculum requirements. They will demonstrate a proactive approach to communication with schools, continually seeking improvements. This provider will be a member of the Swim England School Swimming and Water Safety Charter and be able to demonstrate excellence in their aquatic delivery for schools.

Criteria:

  • Must be currently registered and delivering the Swim England School Swimming and Water Safety Charter.
  • Must be able to demonstrate examples of delivering high quality, inclusive, school swimming and water safety lessons.
  • Evidence the up-skilling/development of swimming teachers that deliver national curriculum/school swimming lessons.
  • Are using the Swim England School Swimming and Water Safety Charter Awards, to regularly reward and recognise pupil achievements.
  • Provide evidence of working with schools to participate in national school swimming campaigns such as: The Big School Swim, Aquasplash/School Games festivals/galas, Drowning Prevention Week, and School Swimathon.
  • Show evidence of innovative ways of delivering school swimming and water safety lessons.
  • Must be able to demonstrate an improvement in Key Stage 2 attainment levels, in one or more schools.
  • Show commitment to ongoing communication and partnership working with schools.
  • Encourage school staff to actively support on poolside with the delivery of school swimming lessons.
  • Be actively signposting schools to other aquatic disciplines i.e. water polo, diving, or taking part in an Aquasplash festival.
  • Provides a supportive environment where all can learn regardless of any special educational need and/or disability (SEND).
Swim England Health Impact Award

This award recognises a significant contribution to health improvement through swimming and other forms of aquatic activity, through the development of strong health partnerships which have supported improved health and well being of individuals with specific physical or mental health needs. The recipient should be able to demonstrate that they have made a measurable impact on health parameters and be able to outline the wider impact and value of the change made to individuals and communities.

The nomination should highlight the following (in no more than 250-300 words)*:

  • Explain how local data and insight have shaped the approach taken and supported continuous improvement.
  • Who the key beneficiaries are and what benefits have been observed and measured.
  • Challenges faced and what examples of good practice helped in overcoming these.

*The nomination should also include a brief statement from a health partner organisation or healthcare professional on their observations of the impact made by the prospective award recipient.

Criteria:

  • Must outline examples of high quality, inclusive aquatic opportunities that take into account each aspect of the Swim England Three Frontiers framework.
  • Must be delivering one or more of the four frameworks within the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme (Pre-School Framework, Learn to Swim Framework, Aquatic Skills Framework, or Adult Swimming Framework).
  • Have included wider options and specific exit strategies to encourage independent activity outside any formal/structured support.
  • All outcomes reported must have been achieved within the last 24 months.

Nominations close Friday 22 October 2021.

Read about the 2019 Awards evening here.

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