SSP supports schools to improve the impact of their school swimming programmes


Last night the SSP hosted a CPD workshop for school staff and swimming instructors titled “How to improve the impact of your school swimming programme”.

The objectives of the workshop were to help school staff:

  • Be clear of the purpose of a school swimming programme
  • Hear about how other local schools deliver school swimming
  • Understand how success can be measured
  • Be clear how data should be reported
  • Discussed what opportunities there are to make improvements?

Swimming and water safety are included in the National Curriculum programme of study for Physical Education (PE) for pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2. Schools are required to provide lessons to ensure that all pupils can:

  • Confidently swim 25 metres
  • Use a range of strokes
  • Perform a safe self-rescue

Recent research by Swim England says that over one quarter (28%) of children leave Primary School not being able to swim.

Since 2013 schools have received additional PE & Sport Premium Funding from the government. One of the objectives of the funding is to:

  • Raise attainment in Primary School swimming to meet requirements of the national curriculum before the end of key stage 2.

Jon Osborne, Head of Community Sport commented:

“It was great top see the members of staff who attended the workshop showing such commitment to developing their school swimming programmes for the benefit of their pupils.”

“Being able to swim is a fundamental life skill which literally could save a persons life. Swimming can also provide excellent physical activity, social and wellbeing benefits.”

“We are keen to support schools in Norwich to develop their school swimming programmes to ensure that more children leave school with this essential life skill.”

Interested in developing swimming at your school?

If you are a swimming instructor or involved in coordinating a school swimming programme at a school in Norwich and would like to find out about future swimming development opportunities provided by Norwich SSP then please email your name, school and email address to


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