How can you get funding for your walk, cycle, scoot or road safety initiatives? Here are some ideas.
PE and School Sport Premium
Most schools in England with primary-age pupils receive the PE and sport premium which is at least £16,000 per primary school per year (less for schools with fewer than 17 pupils).
This must be used to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of physical education (PE), physical activity and sport they offer… ie not for the usual curriculum activities. It can be used to embed physical activity into the school day such as through active travel to and from school, eg cycling, scooting or walking.
This funding is ring-fenced (must be spent on physical activity and sport) and schools have to say how they plan to spend their budget each year… and then publish a report to show how the funding has made a difference.
How PE and Sport Premium Funding Can Be Used to Fund Active Travel
First try to understand what the barriers are to cycling, walking or scooting to school and then see if any can be addressed with the help of this funding. Also see our information about developing a school travel plan as that will help you spend well and will help with your monitoring.
Here are some practical suggestions that may work for your school:
- Cycle Storage: If lack of somewhere to safely leave bikes is stopping pupils from cycling, get some good, secure storage sorted… such as a Minipod. It’s also a great way to brighten up the school grounds.
- Walking Bus: This is when children walk to school in an organised group either with their own parent/carer (an informal walking bus) or with parents taking it in turns to be a walk leader. Participants usually wear bright high vis jackets which helps drivers see them and leaders to keep an eye on the group as well as drawing attention to the initiative. See our walking bus pack which includes waistcoats as well as stickers and badges to incentivise the pupils.
- Scooter Training: Primary school age pupils love to scoot and a scooter training day can really inspire them. Ask us for details of prices and how to book – it’s popular so please be aware that bookings may be a term in advance.
- Scooter Storage: Once you have inspired all those pupils to scoot to school,make sure they have somewhere to put their scooters safely with a scooterpod.
- Walk to School Week: This takes place in May each year but there’s also International Walk to School Month you can join in with in October. Try some of our walk to school promo products to reward and incentivise pupils. See our Class Rewards Pack.
- Step Challenges: Try a step challenge with pupils. Lend them each a pedometer to record the number of steps they make and make it competitive to encourage them to walk more.
Once you have carried out your activities make sure you record the results well – number and age of pupils who took part and try to look at the longer term impact if you can and compare it to a starting point. For example before doing a scooter training day, count the number of pupils who scoot to school (by counting scooters) and repeat immediately after the scooter training day and again a month later.
It’s a good idea to do several things to focus on promoting a particular healthy travel activity to get the greatest impact. For example if you are promoting Walk to School Week, you may want to supplement it with an inter-class competition.
For more information about the PE and Sport Premium funding visit www.gov.uk/guidance/pe-and-sport-premium-for-primary-schools (last updated May 2019)
Police and Crime Commissioner Funding
If you are looking for funding for a road safety initiative, contact your local Police and Crime Commissioner. They often have funds to distribute to support local road safety initiatives The which organisations can apply for, eg Friends associations for schools. The deadline, amount available and conditions will vary according to your area. Some applications are quite long so it may be good to team up with a group of other schools with similar needs to do one joint application through a local community organisation.
For example a group of schools could get together and apply through a Friends association for some pop up signs to encourage drivers not to park near school gates. These can be supplemented with some banners for each school to make sure the message to be safe near school is loud and clear.