National Curriculum

News and information on aquatic sport in the National Curriculum

ASA conducts vital survey into current status of school swimming

ASA are now consulting with primary schools through a short online survey to identify the current status of school swimming.

The data collected is confidential and will be used for national and regional target monitoring only, and no individual schools will be identified. We hope to use the survey data to get a better understanding of school swimming and be able to support and redirect our own resources where best needed.

All schools that take part in the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win free family swimming tickets and there’s plenty up for grabs.
1st prize : 32 tickets
2nd prize : 20 tickets
3rd prize : 12 tickets

The survey closes on 16 December 2011 and winners will be drawn at random and contacted by 6 January 2012. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete so click here to take the survey.

CPSU Guidance - Physical Contact and Young People in Sport

It is important for coaches to be certain on what is and what is not permissible in the area of physical contact with children and young people in sport.

Not knowing can undermine the confidence of coaches and others in applying safe and appropriate coaching methods.

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) has provided guidance to all those involved in working with young people in sport.

Download their guidance.

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School Swimming and Teacher Training

Download article on school swimming published in Primary Physical Education Matters, the official journal of the Association for Physical Education.

For more information on how to become a member, and receive this journal please visit

Is your school registered to win free tickets to the Olympic and Paralympic Games?

Do you want to watch the likes of Rebecca Adlington, Tom Daley and Ellie Simmonds taking on the best in the aquatics world at London 2012 next year?

Easy question – of course you do!

But did you know your school or college could win free tickets as part of the London 2012 Get Set scheme?

The pathway for schools and colleges is simple:

  1. Register with Get Set
  2. Apply to become a Get Set member by proving you use Olympic and Paralympic values to enhance your curriculum.
  3. If successful, you will then receive a proportion of the 100,000 London 2012 Ticketshare tickets to be distributed across the UK.
  4. You will also have access to special prizes such as athlete visits or tours of the Olympic Park and will be entitled to use the London 2012 education logo on their school literature.

New report highlights importance of teaching water safety

New figures, which show how many deaths there are in or near water in the UK, have highlighted the need to learn to swim, and be confident in the water,

More than 400 people died from accidents or natural causes in water across the UK in 2009, according to the first report from the WAID (the WAter Incident Database) system, which captures for the first time ever the full range of water incidents.

WAID was developed by the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) to enable greater detail on fatal and non-fatal drownings, other water-related deaths and injuries, and near misses.

Searching for the next Tom Daley

With British Diving on the look out for the next Tom Daley, talent spotters such as Tom Owens are identifying children who potentially could have a headstart such a gymnasts and trampolinists, as well as 'hidden diamonds', and encouraging them to try the sport. Enjoy Tom enthusing about his work inspiring future generations (1m 50s flashplayer required)

British Gas Pools 4 Schools scoops European award

British Gas Pools 4 Schools has received international recognition by scooping a prize at the prestigious European Sponsorship Awards in Amsterdam.

The scheme, a brainchild of Olympic medallist Steve Parry, offers school children in areas of ‘aquatic deprivation’ the opportunity to learn to swim in an innovative mobile swimming pool.

View video about the initiative (2m 20s flashplayer required)

British Gas Pools 4 Schools programme has taught 10,000 children to swim

Sporting legends Mark Foster, Steve Parry and athletics’ Dave Moorcroft have been helping to celebrate the success of British Gas Pools 4 Schools programme which yesterday reached the milestone of teaching 10,000 children to swim.

The trio were at the Coventry AT7 Centre to mark the success of the scheme, which is delivered by Total Swimming in conjunction with the ASA and the Department of Education – and there was even the opportunity to tuck into some celebratory cake!

Since 2009, portable pools have been travelling all over the UK with the aim of teaching children and families to swim in areas where this opportunity has been limited.

And now, 160 schools, 250,000m and 100,000 swimming lessons later, British Gas Pools 4 Schools has achieved what it initially set out to do – to teach 10,000 children from diverse backgrounds, communities and lifestyles, to swim.

Sports Leaders UK Volunteer Recognition Scheme 2010

The nomination process has now started for the Sports Leaders UK Volunteer Recognition Scheme 2010.

The Sports Leaders UK Volunteer Recognition Scheme acknowledges those Sports Leaders who have used their sports leadership skills to make a contribution to their local communities, demonstrating that sports leadership and volunteering really does make a difference.

The scheme highlights the excellent work of Sports Leaders across the UK, celebrating sports leadership and its impact on British sport. It encourages more people to become Sports Leaders, strengthening the opportunities to get involved and active in volunteering in every community.

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