Swimming is lots of fun for people of all ages and children especially love getting in the water and enjoying themselves. But it is not just fun, swimming also provides lots of health benefits which can help to keep children healthy and happy at the same time.

However, the most important reason to learn to swim is that swimming is the only sport which can save a child’s life. It is important that children learn how to swim at a young age so they can safely enjoy the benefits of being active in water.

A study by the Amateur Swimming Association in 2017 found that 1 in 3 pupils cant swim when they leave Primary School.

National Curriculum

Since 1994, swimming and water safety has been a statutory element of the national curriculum for physical education in England. This means that every 11-year old child should leave primary school with the skills to keep themselves safe while enjoying swimming with friends and family.

Swimming is the only sport to be included within the national curriculum physical education programme of study. All primary schools must provide swimming and water safety lessons in either Key Stage 1 or 2.

Each pupil is required to be able to do the following:

  • Perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations
  • 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.

PE and Sport Premium Funding

Since 201x schools have received an annual PE and Sport Premium grant to xxxx. The funding provides a great opportunity for schools to develop their school swimming provision.

The funding can be used to provide additional swimming opportunities above those xxx. This could include the following examples;

  • Provide additional top-up swimming lessons to pupils who have not been able to meet the 3 national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety – after the delivery of core swimming and water safety lessons.
  • Professional development for staff to support high quality swimming and water safety lessons for their pupils.
  • Places for pupils who cant swim yet to attend community learn to swim sessions outside of the school day.

The funding should not be used to;

  • Fund core swimming lessons that are required by the national curriculum.

Monitoring Tool

To help schools monitor pupils progress and record how many have completed the curriculum requirements download this useful monitoring tool.

Reporting of Swimming Data

As part of the accountability requirements for the PE and Sport Premium, schools are required to publish the swimming and water safety attainment levels of their current Year 6 cohort. This should be published on the schools website and should state what percentage of pupils meet the national curriculum swimming and water safety requirements. The reporting deadline is the end of the summer term or by the 31st July 2020 at the latest. To download a website reporting template click here.

School Swimming Forum

To support its member schools to help more pupils to learn how to swim the SSP has launched a School Swimming Forum. The Forum meets termly to discuss common issues, share information and to work together to find solutions. For more information please contact Jon Osborne (jon.osborne@cityacademynorwich.org)

Swimming Pools in Norwich

If you are looking for swimming lessons for your pupils in Norwich then you might like to contact the below schools/centres.

ProviderPool size (length x width)Depth (shallow - deep end)Contact
City Academy Norwich16m x 5m 0.9 - 1.1mT. 01603 452628
E. office@cityacademynorwich.org
Hewett Academy25m x 10m1m - 3mT. 01603 531564
E. office@thehewettacademy.org
Colman Junior SchoolT. 01603 508530
E. office@colmanjunior.norfolk.sch.uk
Nelson Infant SchoolT. 01603 620344
E. office@nelson.norfolk.sch.uk
Recreation Road Infant SchoolT 01603 457120
E. office@recreationroad.norfolk.sch.uk
Sportspark50m x 17m0m - 2mwww.sportspark.co.uk
Riverside Leisure Centre25m x 14m1m - 2mwww.placesleisure.org