Sheffield’s School Swimming Service will operate under pre-covid-19 conditions. Please refer to the venue risk assessments, policy document and walk-through videos/written procedures before your first lesson. However, as agreed with the venue providers, we will incorporate the following Covid-19 conditions into our risk assessments/procedures to ensure the swimming lessons continue to be safe.
On the 1st of September 2021 we hosted a online familiarisation session for teachers, you can watch a recording of the session on our YouTube channel, download a copy of the presentation shown in the session and download a useful familiarisation pack below.
Swimming Pool Video Walk Through Guides
We have created walk through videos on our YouTube channel for you to show your pupils on the way to travel within each venue and the changing room protocols (Goodwin Sport Centre video coming soon).
Swimming Pool Written Walk Through Guides
To accompany our video’s we have written walk through guides for you to download:
Swimming Term Dates for the 2021/2022 Academic Year
The dates for swimming for the 2021/2022 academic year; if you are due to swim when there is a bank holiday, please see the document for the replacement dates.
Please complete and send out this letter to parents/carers before their children take part in school swimming lessons.
Goggle Permission Slip
If a pupil needs to wear goggles for medical and other associated reasons, please ask their parent/carer to complete this goggles permission slip and bring it with you.
Copy and paste your pupil information into the template register and bring it with you to the first lesson. DO NOT send it to the School Swimming Team in advance.
School Teacher Checklist
We have created a checklist for you to go through before and after your swimming lessons:
Medal of the Week
The school swimming teachers will select a pupil that deserves recognition for their efforts on a weekly basis, and presents them with a medal to positively reward and praise them. The teachers rotate the medal winner weekly around the groups so it’s important that the medal remains in school and then returned the following week so that it can re-presented to another pupil.
Class teachers can also reward the pupil at school by there own school reward scheme e.g. house points or using our ‘WOW’ card below.
Opportunity to Book a Parent Assembly
As part of our offer we would like to offer schools a parent’s assembly. This would be for the parents of those children who will be swimming in 2021/2022 academic year.
The assembly would give your parents the opportunity to learn:
- What the school swimming programme entails
- The National Curriculum requirements for school swimming
- What impacts on the child’s progress in school swimming
- How they can help to ensure their child is ready for their lessons
- How they can positively impact on their child’s progress
- Understand how to access information on Water Safety for the whole family
If you take us up on this opportunity your school would need to set up the hall and invite parents to this meeting. A projector would also be very useful so that we can display a power point presentation. This power point will be sent to you beforehand so that you can see the content of the presentation and have it ready on your school laptop.
To book a timeslot please email email@example.com or call Emma on 07761 058622.
If you would like to deliver the assembly yourself then please email Emma and we will send you the most up to date presentation.
School Swimming Jar of Joy
The School Swimming jar of joy is a way to spread joy within our service and beyond. Has someone made your life easier, has someone made you smile, has someone done something great to progress your pupils or gone above and beyond to do something really well? If so, you can nominate them to go into the jar of joy. This could be a swim teacher, a school teacher or someone at one of our fabulous venues. Every nomination will be added to a half termly prize draw to win a £50 Meadowhall voucher. Every nomination counts as an entry into the draw. Please see the jar of joy form for more information and to nominate someone.
Policies & Procedures
School Swimming Policy Document
Our school swimming policy document which is also included in the familiarisation pack.
Schemes of Work
We work to different scheme’s of work that you download and view:
We have risk assessments for general swimming, specific swimming scenario’s, each swimming pool and both our transport companies which can be found on our further information for teachers page. Please contact us for the password.
Swimming Teacher’s Teaching Stations
Our swimming teachers will teach from pool side, we have created ‘teaching stations’ at each pool, you can view these by downloading the document below.
Videos of Teaching Practices
We have a number of videos showing a variety of swimming skills pupils will learn during their school swimming lessons. You can view these on our YouTube channel and show your pupils before and between your lessons. You can even get your pupils to perform the skills in PE lessons.
We have created demonstration cards that can be used as a visual aid on pool side, but also shown to pupils before their swimming lessons and incorporated into PE lessons.
If you feel any of your pupils deserve a special award for example overcoming a fear, performing a new skill or even helping out another pupil; you can download and print the ‘WOW’ Card and present it to your pupils in assembly:
We normally print and hand over certificates to each school at the end of a Block of swimming. As we are now trying to reduce the passing of physical paperwork to school staff; we are asking schools to download and print the certificate below. Please write – ‘Participated in school swimming and achieved [insert distance]’ on the certificate; the distance can be found on the class register. It would be fantastic to hand them out in assembly to your pupils.
Our staff have created a range of fun resources for your pupils to complete e.g. crosswords and word searches.
Swim England Resources
SEND Inclusion into School Swimming – Inclusion 2020 Project
Swim England have released a webinar on on their YouTube channel.
In this webinar, the Swim England Learn to Swim team are joined by representatives from two SEN schools who are leading the project’s activities in their areas.
Representatives, Rob and Linda, share their experiences of school swimming and how the Inclusion 2020 project has provided them the right tools and resources to be able address some of the challenges their SEN pupils face in the school swimming environment.
Home-schooling Resources & Learning Activities
DfE Swimming Workshop Resources
Swim England have hosted several workshops focussing on different subjects of school swimming:
- Guidance for schools and teachers on best practice for school swimming lessons
- How swimming and water safety links with other national curriculum outcomes
- Overcoming challenges in accessing swimming due to Covid19
- Supporting SEND pupils in accessing swimming lessons
You can download PDF’s of the slides and the recordings of the workshops.
More than 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland EVERY YEAR and many more have non-fatal experiences, sometimes suffering life-changing injuries so teaching children about water safety forms a very important part of Sheffield School Swimming Service curriculum. Much of the information can be delivered by schools in a classroom. This will save lots of time on the pool side and mean our swimming teachers can get children straight in the pool giving them more time to learn the physical elements of swimming.
Due to this part of the curriculum being really important we have prepared various resources and gathered links from the the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) to help you deliver this to your pupils. We want to give you everything you need so please get in touch if you need anything else or need help with delivery / resources.
This part of the swimming curriculum will enable pupils to enjoy water safely, to keep their families and friends safe and to know what to do in an emergency.
Water Safety Scheme of Work
A Water Safety Scheme of Work with 20 stand-alone water safety lessons, all of which can be taught in the classroom and linked to other curriculum areas such as Literacy, Science or PSHE has been developed and tested by Jo Searle at Phillimore Primary School. The scheme of work can be found on the Learn Sheffield website.
Sheffield School Swimming Service are encouraging schools to use this information to improve pupil’s understanding and knowledge of water safety. There are many useful and interesting resources available through the RNLI, Red Cross, Royal Life Saving Society and Swim England websites which are included in the lesson plans.
Water Safety Presentation for Schools
Royal Life Saving Society
Water Safety Videos
You can view our self safe rescue videos and our video on open water swimming, rivers, Icey waters, the Water Safety Code on our YouTube channel and show them to your pupils.
The National Curriculum Training Programme
The Swim England National Curriculum Training Programme (NCTP) has been developed for class teachers, support staff and other adults who have established relationships with pupils. It gives them the skills and knowledge needed to support the delivery of high-quality school swimming lessons, helping schools meet curriculum requirements.
There are two NCTP courses:
- Support Teacher of School Swimming
- Teacher of School Swimming
We encourage school staff to qualify as a support teacher as this course will develop the individual skills needed to actively assist and support a qualified teacher to deliver school swimming lessons. If you are interested or would further information please please contact the School Swimming Team.
Who should I contact about my schools swimming lessons? Should I contact the swimming pool?
Please contact the School Swimming Team to discuss your school swimming lessons. We hire the pool space from the swimming pools, therefore please do not contact the swimming pools about your swimming lessons.
Who do I call if the coach is late before or after a lesson?
We have two transport companies providing coaches for school swimming, Ashley Travel and Linburg. Please see your SLA which displays the transport company assigned to your school. You should contact the transport company directly and they can let you know the status of the coach.
Ashley Travel: 0114 251 1234 (pick up times are 30 minutes before the lesson / 10 minutes after the lesson)
Linburg: 0114 261 9172 (pick up times are 20 minutes before the lesson / 10 minutes after the lesson)
If you have a complaint regarding transport, then please contact the School Swimming Team.
What is appropriate Swimwear?
This guidance has been produced to help you understand what pupils can wear for their swimming lesson. It is important that they feel confident and comfortable but also that they are safe.
Why can’t pupils wear goggles? My pupil is only happy in the pool if they wear swimming goggles. Will they be allowed? They can wear goggles in their evening lessons?
Pool operators have their own procedures for wearing of googles. Our School Swimming Service deliver to the National Curriculum (NC) and have an obligation to ensure all pupils are competent in the water without goggles. Therefore, pupils need to experience practicing their swimming without goggles, particularly for the water safety element as it is vital pupils are comfortable swimming without goggles so they don’t panic in an unexpected situation.
For medical and other associated reasons some pupils need to wear goggles – such as prescription goggles. If this is then case then, you should ask their parent/carer complete the goggle permission slip above and bring it with you to the first lesson.
Wearing googles it can lead to
- Pupils constantly removing and adjusting their goggles leading to a delay for pupils, and a distraction for swimming teachers
- Pupils asking swimming teachers to adjust or re-position their goggles
- Pupils won’t be able to pass the water safety criteria while wearing googles
Why do pupils have to wear armbands when they don’t in private lessons?
The school swimming teachers assess pupils on week one and place them into a group based on the ability shown. On the first lesson they may not show their full potential, and may be grouped incorrectly and asked to wear armbands. Pupils can move groups throughout the block of lessons and can progress out of armbands quickly. Also, the school swimming teachers may ask pupils to wear armbands due to factors such swimming in deeper water compared to where they may be taught in their private lessons. The school swimming teachers are an experienced workforce and will put the safety of all pupils first but they will challenge, progress and assess them continuously.
Is jewellery allowed? My pupil is allowed to wear their earring in swimming lessons at X pool in the evening, what is the difference?
Our swimming service follows the guidelines outlined in the Association for Physical Education (AFPE) safe practice document.
Jewellery (except for an SOS talisman) is not permitted during school swimming lessons to help protect the safety of all pupils. We ask school teachers to inform parents/carers that jewellery i.e. earrings, bracelets, necklaces, waterproof watches, rings etc. should be removed prior to taking part in school swimming lessons these can still leave scratches and cuts on others swimming nearby.
If a pupil wishes to have their ears pierced, we advise that this done during the summer holidays to ensure that the earrings are able to be removed for their school swimming lessons. The taping over of studs in pierced ears for swimming is not an option due to the risk of the tape coming off in the water and causing a choking hazard to other swimmers.
If an item of jewellery can’t be removed then the school should take responsibility for the decision as long as the swimming teachers feels that it’s safe for the item to be worn and suitable measures are put in place. For example, an item with sentimental value that can’t be removed should be covered up with a bandage of some sort to avoid it being damaged or lost. Also, if a pupil is unable to remove stud earrings due to them being recently pierced then a swimming ear band could be used.
Evening lessons are managed by separate organisations and have their own policies in place.
One of my pupils has X condition, can they still attend school swimming lessons?
A swimming pool is not very different from any other public place. Just as people might avoid work, school or public transport when they are not well – for their own sake as much as for others – so there are circumstances when swimming pools should be avoided.
- Nobody suffering from diarrhoea should swim. That message is crucial; it must be clearly delivered and never compromised. Attention to ill children is particularly important. Gastrointestinal bacteria and viruses are killed by pool disinfectant. With the protozoa Cryptosporidium, even after diarrhoea has stopped, chlorine resistant infective particles can be passed for up to 14 days. The risk of contamination will be less, but people should not swim. Solid stools, once removed, are not a problem.
- Pupils should not go to public pools if they have open wounds, severe eczema or any infectious skin complaint.
- Colds, flu, Covid19 symptoms and other infectious illnesses are a sufficient reason not to swim.
- Pupils whose illness or treatment makes them susceptible to infection, or affected badly by it, should take medical advice before swimming.
- If pupils have a verruca, check it to see if there are any dark brown or black seeds/spores in it, if there are please get them to wear a pair of pool shoes from the change area to the poolside and back again. If not, they can just swim as normal.
If a pupil has a condition not on this list and you are not sure if they should attend, please contact the School Swimming Team.
Can a parent/carer withdraw their child from school swimming lessons?
For schools who follow the National Curriculum (NC), Physical Education is a statutory subject, and within this, swimming must be provided for all children so that they can meet the statutory requirements by the end of Key Stage 2.
Who should parents questions be directed to?
Parental questions/enquires/complaints should be submitted to your school. If you cannot answer their questions/enquires/complaints, please contact the School Swimming Team for guidance and advice.
Can you complete a provider form for EVOLVE?
Over 2/3 of the form is not relevant in this instance and we can provide appropriate assurances in the statement below (as agreed with Sheffield’s Outdoor Education Advisor).
1) If you are a Sheffield LA maintained school
We are all part of the same employer, all following the same rules and procedures, so the provider form is not relevant in this instance.
2) If you are an academy, independent or other institution outside the LA
Sheffield Swimming service is a council-run swimming provider that follows all council rules and procedures for the vetting and hiring of staff. Our staff have all necessary qualifications and appropriate checks for working with young people, and we are insured by Sheffield City Council. We can answer “yes” to all the relevant questions on section A and C of the provider form, which are the sections that are applicable in this instance. The primary responsibility for the facilities lies with the pools themselves.