The revised curriculum states that all schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. In particular, pupils should be taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
The additional Government investment in PE should be reaching schools this term and gives you the opportunity to review your current school swimming programme, to ensure that every single child learns this essential life skill. With every school receiving a minimum of £9,000, here are some examples of how this money can be spent:
£3,000-£4,000 – average cost of delivering 40 learn to swim lessons for 30 children including teacher, pool time and transport
£1,000 – increase the frequency of lessons, instead of one term, do two 10 learn to swim lessons for 30 children including teacher, pool time and transport
£850 – 10 intensive half-hour lessons to boost the swimming ability of 10 swimmers who are just below the minimum KS2 attainment level of 25 metres, including teacher, pool time and transport
£500 – improve the quality of lessons by training 10 teachers and/or teaching assistants (National Curriculum Training Programme Modules 1 & 2)
£80 - set of School Swimming resources: the Teacher’s Complete Framework with must have information on all four Frameworks and a Learn to Swim Games Pack to deliver a fun approach in lessons
From £7.50 to £15 per hour to reduce class sizes by adding additional teachers
Aquatics in the National Curriculum (3hrs) - aimed at swimming teachers (or nominated teachers who deliver school swimming).
The ASA Website contains a range of resources for schools:
The School Swimming Charter has been developed by the ASA – not a faceless organisation but real people who are committed to helping save lives by ensuring children are safe in the water. We are encouraging schools to sign up to receive a comprehensive package of support from the ASA >>More
School Games formats (traditional swimming galas). Aqua splash festivals
Learn to swim outlets in the Local Authority. Swim 21 accredited clubs
To find a pool/provider close to you please use the Pool Finder
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Check out our Swimming page for more information on Swimming in Cumbria
Take a look The ASA School Swimming Website
The ASA School Swimming Charter
The School Swimming Charter has been developed by the ASA – not a faceless organisation but real people who are committed to helping save lives by ensuring children are safe in the water. The ASA is inviting primary schools to join in partnership with them to commit to Taking School Swimming Seriously >>More