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Swimming Information (Primary Sport Premium and Reporting 2018/19)

Swim England Kid 16.11.18Raising attainment in primary school swimming

You can use the premium to:
  • The premium can be used to fund the professional development and training that are available to schools to train staff to support high quality swimming and water safety lessons for their pupils.
  • The premium may also be used to provide additional top-up swimming lessons to pupils who have not been able to meet the national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety after the delivery of core swimming and water safety lessons. At the end of key stage 2 all pupils are expected to be able to swim confidently and know how to be safe in and around water.
You should not use your funding to:
  • Teach the minimum requirements of the national curriculum – with the exception of top-up swimming lessons after pupils’ completion of core lessons (or, in the case of academies and free schools, to teach your existing PE curriculum)
Department of educationDepartment of Education statement (Clarification):

‘We asked schools to report on their premium spending by April (Revised to July for 2019) – so we don’t capture all of the academic year. Our intention with the swimming reporting was to ask schools for information on how many of their current year 6 cohort can meet the National Curriculum (NC) requirements by the time we ask for the premium info to be uploaded on schools’ websites. This provides a snapshot of attainment at this point in time – but we recognise that swimming must be taught at either KS1 or KS2 and there may be schools who schedule swimming in the year 6 summer term for their pupils. If a child has met the NC requirements at some point during KS1/2 then they can be counted as having met the requirements in ‘the current yr6 cohort’ – i.e. the teaching doesn’t have to be delivered in year 6, or the child re-tested’

Online reporting:

You must publish details of how you spend your PE and sport premium funding by the end of the summer term or by 31 July 2019 at the latest. This is different to last year’s reporting deadline. Online reporting must include the following swimming data:

You are also required to publish the percentage of pupils within your year 6 cohort in the 2018 to 2019 academic year who met the national curriculum requirement to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

Attainment data for year 6 pupils should be provided from their most recent swimming lessons. This may be data from years 3, 4, 5 or 6, depending on the swimming programme at your school.

To help you plan, monitor and report on the impact of your spending, it’s recommended that you download a template to record and publish your activity. We have commissioned partners in the physical education and school sport sector to develop a template. The template can be accessed here.