School Swimming; Changing the Conversation

A collection of articles

Playing all the right notes

“I’m playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order” (Comedian Eric Morecombe to then International Conductor Andre Previn. (Morecombe and Wise Christmas Show 1971) “1 in 3 children leave primary school unable to swim 25 metres” 25 metres is the length of many local indoor pools. We may have seen headlines…

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That’s All

Swimming and Water Safety has its’ own section in the National Primary PE Curriculum; just 5 lines of text.    How’s that for an ‘essential life skill’ that ‘saves lives’? “Swimming and Water Safety in the National Primary Curriculum for PE?” “Have a dig around in the PE cupboard … If the National Curriculum were…

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Best Placed

Primary school teachers, I have known a few. Well, more than just a few…. I know that day in and day out, they manage and deliver the high standards of teaching and learning set out in the National Teaching Standards.[1] When you get to know them, you realise that they do a lot more than…

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The Conversation About School Swimming

WHO IS TALKING?  AND IS ANYONE LISTENING? DELIVERING KEY STAGE ONE AND TWO NATIONAL CURRICULUM OUTCOMES FOR SWIMMING AND WATER SAFETY YOU WON’T FIND GUIDANCE, ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON PRACTICAL DELIVERY OF THE 3 OUTCOMES FOR SWIMMING IN THE ACTUAL PROGRAMME OF STUDY. The most recent and probably the most useful guidance is produced by…

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