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Alison
outdoor classroom day 2017

You’ve heard about Walk to School Week and probably taken part too. Now here's something else going on this week; which is helping children make the most of the great outdoors during class time.

And we’ve plenty of ideas on how it could also be an inspiration to help you promote safe, active, sustainable travel...

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Alison
walking to school stickers

‘I need to make a volcano’! ‘I need a Greek costume!’ ‘I need to walk to school tomorrow!’

Being a parent is one of the most varied and challenging jobs in the world. No training course can fully prepare you. And when your child starts school there is a constant flow of homework projects, dress-up days and special initiatives which need your support.

So when your child asks if they can walk to school to earn a sticker, you may think it is not worth the effort of changing your ‘drive to school’ routine.

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Alison
red boots

Do you want to launch a new walk-to-school scheme? Boost your walking bus? Or just find ways of getting your own children to walk more? From bunnies and blooms, to shoes, shields and shades, here are ten ideas for the months ahead...

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Alison
press articles about walking to school

Read all about it! Read all about it! If you've organised a walk-to-school initiative or event and it's been a big success, it's great to let others know about it. But how do you get the word out?

What you need to do is plan ahead and send out a press release. Here we look at what this is, how you or your pupils can write an effective one and why getting press coverage isn't just good for your school but has wider benefits.

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Alison
British Science Week 2017 logo

It's British Science Week and for those of us involved in road safety education this is the ideal opportunity to show how being safe and seen and reflectivity can be integrated into science lessons.

One of our local infant schools is particularly hot on science and I was invited along to their 'Science at Work' day as part of their Science Week activities, to help 90 pupils make and test their own high vis tags. Here's how we got on.

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Alison
Disabled Access Day logo

Have you ever pushed a wheelchair? Have you ever used one yourself?

Until recently my only experience of wheelchairs was for a speedy dash from our car to the labour ward; fourteen years ago thanks to a convenient wheelchair my daughter was born in a bed and not in the hospital car park.

Then last year my dad's declining health and my determination that he should be able to 'get out and about' as much as possible meant I became more familiar with wheelchairs and some of the issues users face.

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Alison
scooter-kids-copyright microscooters

Whoosh! I still remember that ‘rush of freedom’ feeling when I rode my scooter as a child; the fresh feeling of wind on my face as I scooted along. And years later it was such a pleasure to see the exhilaration on my own children’s faces as they glided along on their much-improved versions.

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Alison
RS Oscars ceremony in Sheffield 2016

Hollywood is abuzz with excitement over this Sunday’s Oscars ceremony… will La La Land sweep the board? Whose gown will make the front pages? And will the host live up to the high standard set by the Chuckle Brothers?  What? ... the Chuckle Brothers?  Yes, that's right, the slapstick comic duo Barry and Paul you may remember from CBBC TV series Chucklevision.

So what have the Chuckle Brothers got to do with the Oscars?

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Alison
Brighten Your Bag Workshop - Modeshift NE

If you think all the fun, creative stuff - cutting, sticking, designing - is just for kids... then think again.  School travel professionals from across the north east took part in our Brighten Your Bag workshop recently at the Modeshift North East meeting in York. Here's how they got on and some tips on how to do this with pupils you work with.

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