Find ways to encourage your children to walk, scoot or cycle to school and arrive energised and ready to learn!

Why is it important?

Encouraging your children to have an active journey to school is proven to have a positive impact on their health and wellbeingBenefits include:

  • Enhancing health and well being
  • Increasing energy levels
  • Increasing family connection
  • Reducing traffic and pollution at the school gate
  • Creating a safer environment

 A 10-minute brisk walk to school can help children achieve 1/6 of the recommended 60-minutes of physical activity a day before the bell. Research suggests they’ll arrive calmer and energised for the school day.

Active Travel Free Resources

There are lots of different ways to encourage Active Travel within your school, whether promoting it via your school newsletter or website or running sponsored travel challenges within classes. 

In addition, there are a number of free resources which may help you champion Active Travel in your school:

  • Brightkidz offers ideas for inspiring active travel including tips for organising a walking bus 
  • Sustrans have a programme of activities to help increase physical activity, reduce congestion and improve safety around school.
  • The Big Pedal and Bike to School Week can be a good vehicle for raising the profile of Active Travel within school.  Take part in Bike to School Week from 27 September to 1st October.
  • Living Streets are a organisation with a big ambition - that every child that can, walks to school.  Visit their website for ideas on how to achieve that.
  • Involve your pupils in the Year Round Walk to School Challenge using the WOW Travel Tracker to earn rewards and badges.
  • M-cro scooters can offer councils the opportunity to apply for a fleet of free scooters for schools.  In addition, they offer a range of ideas to raise the profile of scooting to school.
  • Healthy Shropshire can provide you with ideas for being active and a list of directories and services near you
  • Try introducing a sponsored 'Walk to School Whatever the Weather' challenge at the start of the year - an excellent way to raise funds and the profile of Active Travel in school!
  • Modeshift Stars free online travel plan toolkit allows you to create, monitor and evaluate bespoke travel plans.  They offer a free mapping tool service to create a 5 minute walking bubble around your school which can be promoted to parents.

Invest in Active Travel 

Furthermore, there are additional resources which can be purchased using PE premium funding to help encourage Active Travel:

  • Balanceability provides an afPE approved learn to cycle programme for younger children to be involved in cycling.  Their website includes case studies and videos on the benefits of cycling.
  • Micro scooters offer schools the opportunity to raise money for school through scooter purchases.
  • Bikeability is the Department of Transport cycle training programme available throughout the year in every local authority.

Case Studies

If you are looking for evidence of the impact of Active Travel, take a look at the case studies below for proof of the benefits:

  • Read about Lilleshall Primary School who have worked with Modeshift Stars to implement travel plans and the impact their work has had on improving the health and wellbeing of their pupils.
  • Sustrans I Bike - an innovative school project promoting cycling, walking and scooting.
  • Walk to School Outreach project - a government backed initiative which is estimated to have encouraged around 10,000 extra children and 2,500 extra adults to walk to school.
  • Read about the impact of the Daily Mile at the Priory School.

For more information

Please contact:

Claire Mansfield