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FINA 2009 World Championships Swimming - Day 3 Morning Session

David Davies took five seconds off the 800m Freestyle British record as the British Gas swimming team secured one final and three semi-final places after strong performances through the heat session. Davies took to heat four alongside Italian Federico Colbertaldo and Robert Hurley (Australia) and was looking to post a quick time to reach the final next day.

The Olympic silver medallist dominated the first half of his race but as the race entered the final 400m Colbertaldo began to close in on the British Gas swimmer. Davies showed his strength in the final 100m as he touched in a time of 7:45.89 to knock five seconds off his own British record time and qualified in fourth place for the final.

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News and information on aquatic sport in the National Curriculum

The ASA’s Swimming Teaching Conference 2009

Thursday 5 March 2009 - Walkers Stadium, Leicester.

The 2009 Conference was based on examining the delivery of quality school swimming and featured an opening address by Olympic Coach Bill Furniss, information on the Pools in Schools programme by Olympic Bronze medallist and Total Swimming Director Steve Parry and information on the ASA’s National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS).

You can read the presentations from the day below.

Have your say on swimming in the Primary curriculum review consultation

The ASA is asking its members and others from the swimming community to comment on how swimming is delivered in primary schools through the national curriculum.

Former senior Ofsted inspector Sir Jim Rose has suggested a curriculum overhaul where lessons should be more focused on preparing children for life outside school.

YST - Sports College Innovation Awards 2010

The Youth Sport Trust is inviting applications for the Innovation Awards 2010 for Sports Colleges, Academies with sport-related specialisms and Primary Schools piloting a PE and Sport-related specialism.

The Sports Colleges Innovation Awards 2010 will identify innovation and recognise good practice that can be showcased and used to help shape delivery and support the challenges faced in 21st century schools.

Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week June 2009

29 June - 3 July 2009

National School Sport Week 2009

This week is used to help motivate pupils and fulfil objectives for PE and school sport using the inspiration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Values.

The aim is simple: To help you excite and motivate your pupils to do more sport by celebrating and profiling all that's been achieved in PE in your school, and launching new sport based initiatives.

To achieve this, the Youth Sport Trust and Lloyds TSB are providing schools with free resources; including teacher packs, great prizes, and visits from British Olympians and Paralympians to help inspire your pupils in sport and physical activity. By registering with Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week schools will receive:

  • Teacher Planning Pack: for ideas
  • DVD: with inspirational video
  • Sports Pledge logbooks: to help your pupils participate
  • Badges and certificates: prizes for everyone
  • Posters and local PR support: promoting your school in your community

British Gas bring pools to the people

Double Olympic Champion, Rebecca Adlington, launched the British Gas Pools 4 Schools initiative yesterday, giving thousands of British children the chance to learn to swim in temporary pools across the country.

With one in give children unable to swim a length by the time they leave Primary School, the new partnership will help teach children a vital life skill as well as improving fitness.

Swimming to remain in Primary Curiculum

Swimming should remain an important part of Key Stage 2 according an independent review of the primary curriculum in England.

Sir Jim Rose, who was commissioned by the Government to examine primary education, released his final report on 30 April 2009 outlining the proposed programmes of learning that would make up a new curriculum.

There are seven proposed programmes in the new curriculum, one of which is ‘understanding physical development, health and wellbeing.’

Pools in Schools

A thousand children will have a unique opportunity to learn to swim in a revolutionary temporary swimming pool that has been installed in an old school sports hall in Lambeth, South London.

The 12m x 10m pool has been set up in the Sports Action Zone at Lilian Baylis (Old School). All local schools and the local community will be able to access it free of charge as part of the ‘Pools in Schools’ project, which achieved significant results last term in Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester.

the asa urges school review to prioritise swimming

the asa is urging the government to ensure school swimming lessons are the keystone of physical education under a review of the Primary Curriculum.

A government-commissioned report by former senior Ofsted inspector Sir Jim Rose has suggested a curriculum overhaul where lessons should be more focused on preparing children for life outside school. The recommendations in the interim report say the curriculum should be based around six themed ‘areas of learning’ one of which is understanding physical health and well-being.

A review group is being established to look at the recommendations and the asa wants to ensure Physical Education and Swimming are built into understanding physical health and well being area of learning.

Extended services publicity toolkit

A key way of delivering Every Child Matters outcomes, "extended schools" work with the local authority, local providers and other schools to provide access to a core offer of integrated services with a varied menu of activities (including study support, play / recreation, sport, music, arts and crafts and other special interest clubs, volunteering and business and enterprise activities), in a safe place, for primary and secondary schools.

DCSF has developed a toolkit for schools, local authorities and their partners as a guide to help market their extended services locally. The toolkit provides a range of tips and ideas for publicity, with examples of what other schools and clusters are doing.

Read more on Extended Schools toolkit

National Curriculum Training Programme Course Registration

The National Curriculum Training Programme (NCTP) has been reviewed and updated for the 2008/9 academic year. For more information on the new NCTP structure and content please follow the links below to download the new syllabus.

PESSYP (PE & Sport Strategy for Young People) Funding

To improve the outcomes of school swimming it is essential to provide high quality school swimming lessons. PESSYP funding aims to build on the already established achievements from the previous PESSCL strategy. Part of this is to continue to increase school links with local sports clubs and increase the number of hours young people spend doing PE in a week. In order to achieve this it is important to ensure that teachers/assistants are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be able to deliver high quality PE to young people and the NCTP has been developed to deliver this to swimming teachers / assistants.