Swim England

Registering for the School Swimming and Water Safety Charter gives schools instant access to a huge range of resources to help and support you to develop a great school swimming experience for the pupils you teach, not just in the pool, but in the classroom too.

This includes access to a member area of the website only available to schools and lesson providers who have signed up to the School Swimming and Water Safety Charter.

Recognising the achievements of pupils is so important for their learning and will help them stay motivated. To help a range of fun and colourful Award certificates are available to registered school members to download free of charge. Your package will also include these fantastic physical resources:

  • 70 passports.
  • 70 sets of stickers.
  • 35 pin badges.
  • Waterproof syllabus guidance cards.

  • Plus these helpful digital resources are accessible to members online:

  • Free downloadable Award certificates.
  • Lesson plans.
  • Guidance documents.
  • Digital banners for use on website.
  • Resources for school teachers to use in the classroom, including fun activities and cross-curricular ideas.
  • Templates to help deliver lessons and record pupil achievements.
  • Templates to use in communications with parents, swimming teachers and lesson providers.
  • Water safety presentation for pupils for use in classroom or assembly.
  • School Swimming charter digital logo stamp to use on printed and online material.

    The Charter was developed specifically to help schools meet the required outcomes of the national curriculum programme of study for physical education, covering both water safety and learning to swim.

    The School Swimming and Water Safety Awards link directly to the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework (Stages 1-4). This allows for a smooth transition from school swimming and water safety lessons to regular swimming lessons outside of school hours.

    The Charter costs £30+VAT with free delivery to schools within the UK (excluding the Channel Islands).

  • Testimonials

    Marilyn Barry - Swimming Teacher, Cheltenham
    School swimming, by its very nature, is different to lessons being run by a leisure centre or a swim school. The Charter goes a long way to addressing the challenges of teaching school pupils, some of whom may well be total non-swimmers and may only be in the water for a few weeks every couple of years.

    These resources and the award scheme itself will help us with planning and assessing school swimming lessons. It’s a wonderful initiative from Swim England. This is just what schools and swimming teachers have been waiting for!


    Gemma Hill-Wood - Aquatics Development Manager, Kirklees Active Leisure
    One of our key strategic focus areas is primary school swimming, so we were excited to hear about the new School Swimming and Water Safety Charter.

    We were shown the new resources and they look great. We really like the log books for each pupil as it’s a great tool to improve the communication from pool to home. We also loved the certificates, which can be downloaded at the school.

    The ethos around utilising the pool time to support academic learning is fantastic and we can’t wait to get ‘science lessons’ brought into our pools!

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