Covid-19 - Resources to support children’s wellbeing and education for schools, parents and carers

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206 schools across Leeds use council facilities for their swimming provision!

For many children, particularly those living in more deprived areas, school may be the only opportunity they will have to learn how to swim and be safe in and around the water. Despite being on the national curriculum, around one in five children leave primary school unable to swim.

It is incredibly important that children do not miss out on School Swimming and Water Safety lessons as a result of Covid-19.

Can swimming lessons resume?

The latest government update has stated swimming pools can begin to open and Swim England has produced a number of documents to support returning to pools. Spend time talking to your provider to find out what changes have been put in place so you are able to relay these to your children to ensure they are prepared for their return to swimming lessons.

Consider the following:

  • Grouping –where possible pupils should be in their bubble or, if that is not possible, ensure social distancing.
  • Group Size – this will need to be discussed with the swim provider as it will be dependent on the facility and pool space at the appropriate depth.
  • Changing – will changing rooms be available? It is advisable that pupils arrive wearing their swimwear under their clothes.
  • Showering – showering before swimming is vital, discuss with your provider protocols for this.

Your risk assessment will need to be updated accordingly.

All schools who are due to start the Autumn Term w/c 14th Sept in a Leeds City Council facility have been emailed with the following notice:

As you will be aware school swimming is scheduled to begin again w/c 14th September, we are working through re-opening plans for your return and hope to have further information available within the next 2 weeks.



Leeds Schools Swimming Guidelines document

This document is a best practice guide full of useful information to help you make the most of your swimming sessions.


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Covid-19 - Resources

Firstly may we say THANK YOU to everyone who is working hard during this time to keep children and young people happy, learning, laughing, active and calm at this time of great uncertainty!

We are keen to share tools and resources as best we can, to support children’s wellbeing and education over this period of uncertainty. With this in mind, we have produced a range of advice and free resources for schools, as well as resources for parents/carers in your school.

These resources are updated every week so please check them on a regular basis.

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