Safe and active travel initiatives for schools

Our safe and active travel guide aims to help primary and secondary schools  promote and support active travel and road safety, encouraging physical activity and improving health, the environment and the community.

The list below shows the various activities available to schools to help you choose the ones that best suit your needs.

All of the activities have a Modeshift STARS reference number, to make sure  whatever you choose to deliver will contribute towards the bronze, silver and gold accreditation levels.

Modeshift STARS for schools

Modeshift STARS is a national awards scheme to recognise schools that have shown excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable and active travel.

Schools in England (outside of London) can take part in Modeshift STARS for free. After applying to join the scheme schools will have a national standard school travel plan.

Activities for primary schools

Jessy's Journey

Target audience: Year 6

Aim: To raise awareness for journey planning importance and the different ways to travel to secondary school.

Overview: Jessy's Journey is a presentation that looks at the different forms of transport pupils can use for their journey to secondary school.

Location: Within a school classroom.

Booking: There's no charge for this activity, but booking is required. Email Kerry Birks to request to book.

STARS code: R13 and PT3

Crucial Crew

Target audience: Year 6

Aim: To provide children with knowledge, skills and strategies to make informed choices in everyday life, to help them to stay safe and well.

Overview: The children participate in a variety of scenarios in different areas of the set. Specialist officers equip the children with the skills and knowledge to make choices in everyday life in order to stay safe and away from criminal activity. Pupils take part in and learn through practical sessions covering a wide range of key messages and situations which may include:

  • fire safety
  • road safety
  • antisocial behaviour
  • shop lifting
  • youth court
  • first aid
  • drug and alcohol awareness
  • internet safety and cyber-bullying
  • bus safety
  • running away from home

Duration: Full school day

Location: Lifewise Centre, Kea Park Close, Hellaby, Rotherham, S66 8LB

Booking: There's no charge for this activity but booking is required. Email Lifewise Centre to request to book.

STARS code: R6

Parents parking charter

Target audience: Parents/guardians

Aim: To raise awareness of the importance of not parking on zigzag lines outside school.

Overview: Parents are asked to sign a contract that says they will not park on the zigzag lines outside school. Parents will be issued with a car sticker to display in their vehicle. By signing the parking charter parents are agreeing to:

  • not block vehicle access points, including driveways
  • not park opposite or within 10 metres of a road junction
  • keep clear of bus stops and designated bus bays
  • park away from crossing points to give pedestrians better visibility
  • park away from school crossing patrols to allow children to cross the road safely

Booking: Schools self-administrator this activity. Email Kerry Birks for more information.

STARS code: AQ8

Zigzag bookmark initiative

Target audience: Parents/guardians

Aim: The zigzag bookmark initiative is for schools experiencing problems with cars parking on the zigzag lines outside the building.

Overview: The initiative works as a three strike system. For every strike the parent/guardian receive a bookmark; the first is green, the second is amber and the third is red (one for every transgression).

For more information: Email Kerry Birks

STARS code: R19

Play it safe

Target audience: Year 2

Aim: To raise awareness of smoke alarms, fire safety in the home, escape plans, fire drills, bonfire safety and road safety.

Overview: 'Play it safe' is an animation programme designed to help deliver safety messages to young children. In the film, Bleeper (a smoke alarm) and his best friend Battery help young children learn about fire safety. The film also includes a series of books and internet-based learning books which have been produced to help support the programme. The interactive DVD is taken into all primary and infant schools in South Yorkshire and it's shown alongside a fun-packed presentation by community safety staff.

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

Location: Within a school classroom.

Booking: There's no charge for this activity but booking is required. Contact the Fire Service Community Safety Hotline on (0114) 2532314 to request to book.

STARS code: R11

Home safe

Target audience: Year 4

Aim: To raise awareness of hazards around the home, build awareness of smoke alarms, the importance of having a bed time routine, how to make an escape plan with their families and how to make an emergency call.

Overview: This is an in-school interactive DVD presentation which focuses on the above aims. As part of the package children are given a home safe pack to take home. This comprises of a DVD giving information about South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, general home safety advice and awareness of home safety checks, plus a quiz that the children can do with their families to reinforce their learning. There's also a booklet detailing all of the key advice and a form that can be completed and returned to school to request a free home safety check. Children also receive a workbook that will be completed in class or as a homework project, allowing teachers and ourselves to see that the children have understood the learning.

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

Location: Within a school classroom.

Booking: There's no charge for this activity but booking is required. Contact the Fire Service Community Safety Hotline on (0114) 2532314 to request to book.

STARS code: R11

GIST's child road safety training

Target audience: Years 3 to 6 (7 to 11 year olds)

Aim: This scheme is a community initiative developed by GIST to be delivered to children in schools. This activity will raise awareness of road safety around larger vehicles. As part of this activity all pupils taking part will receive a practical demonstration of stopping distances and driver blind spots.

Overview: To raise awareness of child safety around larger vehicles. GIST operates a dedicated fleet of heavy goods vehicles managing warehouses and transport operations. The visit consists of an indoor presentation as well as an outdoor interactive experience, where children will get to see a truck close up and even sit in the driver’s seat. 

Children taking part will be supplied with GIST high-visibility vests, a classroom activity pack and a selection of GIST accessories.

Activity duration: Two hours.

Location: One hour in a classroom environment and a one hour demonstration presentation within the school grounds. The grounds will need to be able to accommodate the size of the truck which is 2.6m wide and 16.5m long.

Booking: There's no charge for this activity but booking is required. Email Suzy Smith to request to book.

STARS code: R12

10 day active travel challenge

Target audience: Primary schools

Aim: To get as many pupils to actively travel to school for 10 consecutive days.

Overview: The 10 day active travel challenge is a simple, effective, sustainable active travel initiative currently available to all South Yorkshire primary schools. The challenge is to travel to school in an active way for 10 consecutive days. Each individual who completes the challenge wins a small prize. Schools who take part, promote and encourage participation, compete to win school prizes such as themed walk to school events, visits from a theatre company, scooter storage, etc. All prizes are active travel related and continue to promote and encourage the school and its community to choose active travel for their journey to school. Schools are given special classroom charts and stickers for children to record their progress over the 10 days as well as a resource pack, activity ideas and certificates. A competition is held for children to design the badge used as the prize; the design changes each challenge making the badges highly collectable.

Activity duration: 10 days in June and October.

Booking: There's no charge for this activity but booking is required. Email Suzy Smith to request to book.

STARS code: W16

Bikeability training - cycle proficiency

Target audience: Primary/secondary schools.

Aim: Bikeability is primarily delivered in schools. It teaches children to cycle safely, learn how to deal with traffic and get children excited about cycling.

Overview: Bikeability is a cycle training programme that teaches children practical skills and gives them the understanding and expertise they need to ride their bikes on the road.

Bikeability training in Barnsley is delivered by Active Barnsley who are based at Shaw Lane. Active Barnsley are a registered charitable organisation who promotes and provides high quality opportunities for everyone to lead healthy active lifestyles. They provide Bikeability training, cycle proficiency skills and skills training for cycling safely.

Activity duration:

  • Primary schools: level one/two - five half-day sessions (level one on playground, level two on-road training)

  • Secondary schools: level three - a two hour session (on-road training)

Location: Within the local area of the school.

Booking: There's no charge for this activity. For more information email Suzy Smith.

STARS code: W16

We can also deliver other road safety sessions for primary schools. Email Kerry Birks for more information.

Activities for secondary schools

The injured survivor

Target audience: Year 7

Aim: For students to have an understanding of how the impact of road traffic collisions can affect themselves and others.

Overview: Pupils will consider how involvement in a road traffic collision can leave life changing injuries, which can have a ripple effect that touches the lives of family, friends, colleagues and the community.

Activity duration: 60 minutes.

Location: Within the school's hall.

Booking: There's no charge for this activity, but booking is required. Email Kerry Birks to request to book.

STARS code: R9

Ghost Street

Target audience: Year 8

Aim: To use a film to show a number of traffic collisions and discuss how these could have been avoided, looking at risks, actions, consequences and responsibilities.

Objectives:

  • Identify hazards as a pedestrian
  • Discuss why wearing a helmet is important
  • Think about car safety
  • Develop English skills through the use of verbal communication

Activity duration: 60 minutes.

Location: Within the school's hall.

Booking: There's no charge for this activity, but booking is required. Email Kerry Birks to request to book.

STARS code: R9

Alcohol and driving

Target audience: Year 10

Aim: To discuss the implications, consequences and penalties of drink driving.

Overview: Pupils will consider their approach to alcohol and driving by holding a mock court case to debate about who was responsible for a road traffic collision.

Activity duration: 60 minutes.

Location: Within the school's hall.

Booking: There's no charge for this activity, but booking is required. Email Kerry Birks to request to book.

STARS code: R9