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Easing of Coronavirus restrictions

Travelling into School

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The benefits of walking, cycling and scooting the journey to school are well known. Teachers tell us that pupils who travel actively to school will arrive brighter and more alert, ready for learning as well as generally happier.  

Increasing physical activity will provide long term benefits, which will also benefit parents accompanying their child to school. 

Climate change is talked about much more frequently. What does it mean to you, your family and your child and how can you help? 

By reducing your travel you will be doing your bit so, if you are, thank you!  Cutting down on short journeys, like the school run, provides massive benefits including cleaner air and less pollution near to your school. 

Get moving, get active and get involved in reaping these benefits. Watch our animated short clips below with your child to plan your active journey to school.

As a school what are the benefits of encouraging active travel and how do you get involved with the Active Travel Team? Get in touch to discuss your school, your issues and what you want to take part in. The resources available to you are extensive, along with support from dedicated School Travel Advisors to help your school make a difference.

Great tips to make your walk, cycle or scoot to school fun:

Walking cycling or scooting to school doesn’t just help the environment, it helps you to be fit and active and ready to learn:

How?

Tips for making active travel easier and the school gates clear of traffic and safe:

  • Pushed for time? Walking, cycling or scooting can take less time than in the car, especially if you re-time your journey outside of busy periods. If time still feels tight, commit to actively travelling to school for a couple of days a week and then step it up when you’ve cracked the morning routine.
  • Too far to walk or heading to work? Park and stride it. Where can you leave your car and walk the last 10 minutes.
  • Bad weather? Keep the all-weather wear to hand and make the journey to school fun.
  • Map out and try out a new route now so that you and your children are more aware and confident.
  • Make it fun - arrange to meet friends and walk together or turn the journey into a game. Are you on a nature trail or playing ‘I Spy?’
  • Buddy up - could you take turns with other families to walk to school? It’s fun for your kids to walk with their friends and easier on you.
  • Walk home and not both ways - is the walk to school too tricky? Can you do the walk home?
  • Using childcare? Does your childcare provider build walking into their day?

Did you know that going to school in the car could mean you’re exposed to twice as much air pollution than walking, cycling or scooting the same route so why not walk, cycle or scoot? Here’s some great tips to start the day the right way:

Game on! Games to make every school journey an adventure:

  • iSpy - See if you spot an object that begins with each letter of the alphabet and then swap over!
  • Scavenger hunt - Create a shortlist of things your children need to look for on their journey. The one that spots most wins!
  • Nature sleuth - Nature is all around no matter where you live. So, how many cats did you see? Which bird is loudest?
  • Categories - Think of a category, like flowers, colours, animals, vegetables, and take it in turns to name something in that category.

Plan your journey to school

Use the bespoke travel planner that your school will send to you or use the online route planner.

Contact the Active School Travel Team: into@staffordshire.gov.uk.

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