The opportunity to raise standards in swimming which is a statutory aspect of the National Curriculum.
Quality assured and highly trained swimming instructors to lead and deliver the swimming sessions
Access to Swimphony, an online attainment, attendance and performance tool, completed by swimming instructors.
Your school swimming programme will be entirely organised by the Edsential Swimming team. This includes the organisation and payment for transport, pool hire and instruction.
Flexible swimming formats are available to meet the needs of all schools.
For schools who follow the National Curriculum (NC), Physical Education is a statutory subject, and within this, swimming must be provided for all children so that they can meet the statutory requirements by the end of Key Stage 2. When parents request a place for their child at a school, they agree to the ‘terms and conditions’ presented by the school and to follow the curriculum set by the school. Even where a school does not follow the NC, if they present a curriculum stating that swimming will be undertaken, that is what parents are agreeing to accept. Having entered into this agreement, it is not acceptable to attempt to withdraw a pupil from curriculum lessons.
Whilst many schools provide information about the school curriculum on their websites or in prospectuses and newsletters, Edsential encourages and will support with advice on providing more formal PE policies, setting out exactly what parents should expect. Without such written and communicated documentation the school will find it more difficult to defend their position. The section “How much swimming” on page 7 of this document discusses the value of the school swimming experience, beyond simply reaching or passing a given ability level.
It is not difficult to explain why a parent is unable to withdraw a child from swimming lessons on a purely educational and social development basis, but the discussion does become more difficult when the school is asking for financial contributions towards the cost of the sessions. Where this is used as an argument, schools need to stress that the contribution is towards the transport element of the session, and not the swimming lesson itself. If the situation does arise from known financial problems (e.g. areas of high unemployment, recent loss of employment by a member of the family, more than one sibling requiring additional finance etc..), the school should consider supporting the additional costs until such time that the contribution can be resumed.
This is a sensitive discussion and should be handled discreetly by the school. Objections of this type are not frequent. Parental complaints of any sort in relation to school swimming should be tackled as soon as possible to avoid other parents becoming aware of concerns and swelling the feeling of discontent. Pupils not able to swim, due to temporary medical conditions or forgetting kit, should always be taken to the pool, not left back at school, and given alternative tasks linked to the swimming lesson. They can for example:
The decision as to whether pupils should wear swimming goggles during a school swimming lesson, should come about through a risk assessment of the lesson, taking into account the length of the lesson, the ability of the pupils, the task to be undertaken, etc. The outcome of this process should be agreed between the swimming teaching staff and the school, and will take into account any school policy. Most Edsential school swimming lessons are 25 minutes (water time), and given this it is generally not deemed to be necessary for pupils to wear goggles.
Concerns arise for the swimming teacher when:
Wearing of goggles may be appropriate when:
Dependent on the outcomes of the various scenarios outlined above, ultimately the decision regarding the wearing of goggles rests with the swimming teacher in discussion with the school. A parent should be made aware of this.
Schools must publish data relating to the swimming attainment of the current year 6. It must be online no later than 4th April 2018. Follow the link below for full details of what the National Curriculum requirements are and the questions schools will need to answer. Click here for more
There are no guidelines on the number of hours of swimming per year, although national research shows that it takes between 20 and 25 hours to teach a child to swim competently. For a school this may be split across multiple years.
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; perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
The 3 aspects of the swimming NC curriculum are quite broad statements which can often be tricky to interpret. We have spoken to a number of people within the swimming profession and have clarified them as follows:
Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
Use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
I spent the past 12 years working within primary school PE, Sport and Physical Activity. During this time I have taken on a number of roles from PE Subject Leader, EVC and PE Teacher to my current role of advising and delivering training for all school staff. I spent the past four years working as a specialist PE Teacher for Wirral Local Authority before moving to EdsentiaI in December 2015. I currently lead a team of teachers, coaches and specialists in the delivery of Edsentials’ PE, Sport and Physical Activity Programme and Lead the School Swimming Programme in Wirral. I have a real passion for PE and Sport and I have experienced first hand how it can transform the lives of young people.
I have spent the past 7 years working within Primary and Secondary schools across Cheshire West and Chester in a number of roles, ranging from Teaching Assistant, Class Teacher, PE Subject Leader and Specialist Sports Coach to my current role of delivering PE and CPD for school staff.
Having only left the Classroom in 2017 and joined the Edsential team in January 2018, I have now taken the opportunity to work full-time within my biggest passion: Helping children to be active and achieve success through PE, sport and physical activity.
I started working as a primary school teacher in 2014 after completing a BSc Sports Coaching degree and a PGCE. Having been a PE Subject Leader for the last 3 years, I have experienced first-hand what is expected of schools and the running of the PE curriculum.
I joined the Edsential team in September 2017 and have taken on a number of roles including the delivery of PE lessons; mentoring teachers to develop their PE teaching skills and confidence; and I am now lead member of staff for JASS (Junior Assessment Scheme for Schools), a progressive learning programme for primary school aged children, similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
I am passionate about making a difference to young peoples’ lives and hope to do this through PE, Sport and outdoor learning.
ASA Training – “All staff supporting the delivery of school swimming need to attend the ASA Level 1/National Curriculum Teaching Programme Course. Edsential provide a number of dates throughout the school year for schools that access their swimming service . The course is 2 x full days.
Dates will be added for 18/19 by the end of May.
Health and Safety is our main priority. We therefore offer a range of training for all Primary Teachers to ensure that they hold the necessary health and safety requirements to instruct small groups of pupils during swimming lessons is met. These courses meet approved Association for Physical Education and Amateur Swimming Association guidance.
A framework for a specialist and robust health and safety management system for swimming is also available, which includes regular updates on changes to legislation, national standards and best practice in swimming and health and safety.