National Curriculum (Modular) CPD Training.

Planning and delivering to meet Key Stage One and Two National Curriculum Requirements for Swimming.

This training is fully aligned with current Guidance and Recommendations from the Department for Education, The Swim Group[1] and the Health and Safety Executive[2].

The Foundation Course consists of a 12–15-hour modular, blended learning CPD programme.

Further follow up bespoke CPD workshops are available.
Further details, costs and a breakdown of content, including practical teaching sessions are supplied on request.[3]

‘Going Horizontal’™ has developed an innovative and contemporary approach, specifically designed to enable and support Teachers and other designated school staff to deliver high quality swimming and water safety lessons, as part of the PE Curriculum.

The training will help to develop levels of confidence, knowledge and competence to enable staff to deliver and meet the National Curriculum requirements safely and effectively.

Our Vision for curriculum swimming is built on 5 Key principles:

• Identifying the most effective ways to meet the Swimming and Water Safety needs of all pupils in an inclusive and educational setting

• Teaching and Learning is a shared journey of exploration, discovery, improvement, and success.

• We need to challenge approaches which do not deliver high quality teaching and learning.

• Teachers and school staff work best as part of a team; they are easily best placed to teach their classes how to swim and to be safe in and around water.

• Every programme of swimming and water safety should be closely aligned and consistent with the school’s vision, values and expectations, and their policies for PE and sport.

Learners receive a unique teaching and assessment resource. An assessment tool is being developed.
We are also uniquely independent. It means we have been able to develop lateral, creative and imaginative approaches which are not affiliated or tied to any controlling external interests.

Training Outcomes:

  1. To Develop a model for the planning, preparation and delivery of swimming lessons which meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and the needs of all pupils.
  2. To Identify and establish key aspects of the national requirements and recommendations for creating and organising a safe and effective ‘aquatic’ learning environment.
  3. To Build a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of Swimming and Water Safety to enable flexible teaching and learning approaches.
  4. To Identify core or foundation aquatic and stroke skills
  5. To Understand that these are the ‘pre-requisites’ for successful participation in a wide range of aquatic activities…and that there are no shortcuts. Future success is more likely when the ‘core’ or foundation skills are introduced progressively – when learners are ‘ready’. These are aligned with recognised Physical Literacy frameworks.
  6. To Understand the key underpinning skills and the essential components and practices for introducing, developing, and improving swimming strokes.
  7. To Plan, Teach and Evaluate Swimming and Water Safety Lessons
  8. Understand how swimming can contribute to wider outcomes for National Curriculum PE and Whole School Policies

Our Presenters have years of experience working in curriculum contexts- often as teachers…..
The training is CPD verified through an Independent Approved Training Centre.
Presenter Profiles:
Colin Christmas. PGCE PE Lecturer Exeter University, Swim England Licenced Educator and Presenter, Regional and National CPD Presenter, retired School Teacher, former NGB Regional Swimming Development Officer and County Sports Partnership Senior Manager with responsibility for School Swimming Programmes and Talent Development.


[1] The Government established ‘a working group to advise on how to ensure that no child leaves school unable to meet a minimum standard of capability and confidence in swimming’ and to consider what confidence and capability really mean in swimming.
Swim Group comprises representatives from across the education, sport and leisure sectors and included a technical group of frontline expert deliverers.
They published their report to Government in 2017 and subsequently a number of useful Guidance and Resource documents. They report quarterly to the All Party Parliamentary Group(APG) on swimming.

Swim Group* recommends that “all those that teach curriculum swimming and water safety – whether employed by the school or through a third party – must have up-to-date knowledge and competence to do so safely and effectively”. “Investing in the up-skilling schoolteachers and/ or teaching assistants can be a cost-effective way to deliver swimming and water safety lessons, either by replacing or supporting additional swimming teachers”.

[2] The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recognises that competence can be demonstrated with a relevant qualification; through in-house training, initial teacher training or in-service training; through previous experience.

[3] Contact Colin Christmas or 07557881963.