School Support

The way in which children travel to school can have a great impact on their lifestyle. Greater numbers of parents taking their children to and from school by car is contributing to increased congestion, higher levels of exposure to pollution and greater risk to pedestrians and cyclists from cars.

A school travel plan may be able to help address some of these problems, by looking at the particular issues that are barriers to sustainable travel and then setting out a number of practical ways to reduce the number of car trips made to a school, to encourage more walking and cycling and to improve safety on the school journey. The travel plan aims to raise awareness among pupils and parents of the harmful effects of increasing car use on children's health, safety and independence.

A new resource is available for all schools to help create a clear and simple travel plan which meets Suffolk’s planning requirements. An effective travel plan can help to reduce car use, make journeys safer and increase the number of pupils walking and cycling to school.

Modeshift STARS is a national awards scheme which recognises the excellence shown by schools and will help to sustain the work that is being done now and in the future. Schools can record and monitor all activities and initiatives that support the travel plan such as Bikeability and Junior Road Safety Officer schemes.

Sign up for free by following these five steps or email schooltravelplans@suffolk.gov.uk to find out more

  • Step One - Visit www.modeshiftstars.org and choose your location from the list of local authorities that appears.
  • Step Two - select the ‘Register’ tab from the top right corner of the page.
  • Step Three - from the registration page, enter your name, select ‘School’ and then select the role that is most appropriate to your position in the school (e.g. School Travel Plan Champion).
  • Step Four - ensure ‘Your LA’ is correct and then select your school from the drop down menu.
  • Step Five - complete the rest of the registration form and then select ‘Register’

There are a large number of varied initiatives that schools can undertake such as a walking bus, "park and stride" (parking away from the school at designated sites and walking the remainder of the journey), cycle training and permit scheme and voluntary car share schemes to name a few. Each school develops a unique action plan of ongoing work with the ultimate aim of reducing car dependency and increasing the number of children travelling to school in a healthier, more sustainable way.  To find out more click here.

Please click on the links below for the following School Travel Plan Guidance and initiatives:

Suffolk School Travel Plan Guidance

DfES Home to School Travel and Transport Guidance

Bikeability