Active travel

Modeshift STARS

Modeshift STARS is an online School Travel Plan portal and national school travel award programme. All B&NES Schools can access the programme completely free. Our School Travel Plan Officer, Hannah Brittain, is available to support schools in developing their Modeshift STARS work and help them achieve an award. Schools applying for the DPHA Healthy School Certificate need to be working towards the bronze level.

Schools can register on the Modeshift STARS website and start to complete a series of travel actions and supporting actions to reach bronze. Resources to support the process (including lesson plans and ways to increase active travel) can be downloaded from the HUB.

Please contact hannah_brittain@bathnes.gov.uk for more information.

Road safety

Road collisions remain one of the main causes of premature death among children and young people aged 0-15, with 35% of child pedestrians killed or seriously injured (KSI) during what is typically classified as the ‘school run’. A death or life changing injury of a child caused by a road traffic collision has a devastating impact upon the family and school community. However, the chances of an accident happening, and the severity of injuries sustained when they do occur, can be reduced by safer road design, improved driver education and training, and teaching children how to cope with the traffic environment.

Road injury prevention: resources to support schools to promote safe active travel is primarily for staff working in education settings, but will be of wider interest, including to local public health, school nursing and road safety staff. It:

presents a snapshot of data highlighting key messages of relevance to schools

signposts to a range of resources that are available to support effective road safety education across key stages 1-4

shares some insights from local practice by outlining steps that some schools have taken to promote safe active travel

It is usefully complemented by the PHE resources: What works in schools and colleges to increase physical activity?and Reducing unintentional injuries on the roads among children and young people under 25.