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Swimming & Water Safety

We're taking swimming seriously at The Tapscott Learning Trust.

All of our schools are members of the Swim England School Swimming and Water Safety Charter and we are committed to providing high quality school swimming and water safety instruction that covers the national curriculum requirements.

Swim England website

Swimming and water safety

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. In particular, pupils should be taught to:

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

Swim England webinar

Below you will find a link to a recording of a webinar delivered by Swim England looking at school swimming and the water safety charter.

Support Teacher and Teacher of School Swimming

This blended learning course will allow you to complete the theoretical elements of your qualification online through interactive activities.

We will then arrange your practical training day once the leisure centres have reopened. Your practical poolside learning will include teaching school swimming lessons, so you can gain practical experience.

We run courses at leisure centres and schools across England so you can be assured you will never have to travel too far, to complete your qualification.

Who is the course designed for?

This training programme has been specially developed to help school teachers, HLTA, volunteers in a school and PGCE students gain the right skills and knowledge to deliver quality school swimming lessons to meet national curriculum requirements.

This programme will help you to understand:

  • How to Identify activities that will positively impact students learning
  • Engage with pupils, helping them to progress
  • Key Stages 1 and 2 programmes of study
  • Health and safety considerations of organising and delivering a school swimming programme
  • How swimming and water safety can be delivered to meet school swimming outcomes


You must be at least 18 years of age.

Water Safety Virtual Lessons

Below are three water safety lessons that can be watched at home or in class. 

Click on the picture to begin each lesson...

Water Safety Session 1: Outdoor Water Safety

Water Safety Session 2: The water safety flags and signs

Water Safety Session 3: Planning a trip to the coast or lake

Swimming Workshops

The dates and times for the swimming workshops are below:

  • 25th February – Guidance for Schools and teachers on best practice for school swimming lessons
  • 4th March – How Swimming links with other national curriculum outcomes
  • 11th March – Overcoming challenges in accessing swimming due to Covid 19
  • 18th March – Supporting SEND pupils in accessing swimming lessons

All of the workshops will run from 4:00pm – 5:30pm which will include a Q&A session.  All three organisations (Swim England, afPE, Royal Lifesaving Society) will be co-delivering each of the workshops and will be available to answer any questions you may have.  All of the workshops will be recorded and shared with you after the event so you can pass it on to anyone who cannot attend the live sessions.