Your step-by-step guide to achieving Water Smart School status

What support will you receive?

  • Support will be provided by the Royal Life Saving Society UK to help facilitate this essential programme
  • Links/signposting to organisations to support delivery of the field trip
  • Instructional videos
  • Water Safety lesson framework – linked to the curriculum across the UK and Ireland
  • Water Safety resources and worksheets
  • Volunteer-led class based sessions / initial assembly
  • Materials to support the accreditation process
  • Your amazing accreditation mark to celebrate your success
  • Support to build a case study and really celebrate your great achievement and commitment to you pupils and the community

How you’ll need to monitor and evaluation the programme

  • School to conduct pre- and post- surveys of levels of water safety knowledge and understanding, using questionnaire /quiz provided. Overall outcomes to be provided to the RLSS UK for evaluative purposes
  • School to evidence the process of accreditation using a reporting checklist and an evidence exemplar
  • RLSS UK to provide external auditing leading to accreditation and dependent on level of commitment

Receiving your accreditation

  • Upon successful completion of all monitoring and evaluation steps, combined with requirements for the chosen award level, schools will receive an official accreditation logo for use on a web page, Learning Platform, social media, letters etc.
  • Accreditation reviewed every 2 years

Cost and duration

  • Water Smart Schools is completely free, all we ask is that you consider providing a donation or running some fundraising activity through the year. This will help the charity continue to provide our lifesaving work and educate more people to enjoy water safely.
  • The programme isn’t onerous and can be done at your pace. Every two years we will ask you to renew your commitment

Register your school - Complete initial assessment - Develop and deliver a whole school plan - Monitor and evaluate - Evidence via our accreditation checklist - Receive your Water Smart Schools accreditation

I just wanted to say, that all our teachers felt this was a really fabulous programme with really good resources and engaging lessons.  The children were all highly motivated and engaged in their learning and it is something we will certainly be redoing on an annual basis.

– Barford St. Peter’s CE Primary School

Ready to commit?

Once you've read the information provided on these pages and are ready to commit to taking part (whether now, or at a set time in the future), please complete the form linked below to register your school.

Register your School