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									                  S    School Travel Plan Template

This is a basic template for your school travel plan, designed to ensure that your school
travel plan meets the DfES/DFT standards

You may find that you have already done a lot of work towards your school travel plan
and it is simply a question of pulling information together

Under each section, the minimum criteria that your school travel plan document must
meet in order to be eligible for a school travel plan grant, is highlighted in blue.

The bullet points below the minimum criteria, suggest additional information that could
be relevant to include in your school travel plan

Try not to limit your school travel plan to simply including the minimum requirements.
Make it a really good school travel plan by putting in all the information that you have
which is relevant. This may include pictures, statistics, quotes, diagrams, maps and
anything else that will make it a really comprehensive document and stand out from the

If you are unsure, call your school travel plan adviser who will be happy to help and will
read and comment on your first draft prior to submission

We have broken down a template in the following sections:

              1. Introducing the school

              2. Travelling to school
                    a) Overview
                    b) Travel problems

              3. Consultation
                    a) Working Group
                    b) Wider consultation

              4. The schools solutions
                    a) Objectives and targets
                    b) Action Plan

              5. Monitoring and Evaluation

              6. Capital Grant

              7. Approval
1) Introducing the school

 Minimum criteria:
       • Name of School

            •    Type of School

            •    Age range and number of pupils

            •    Written description of the locality of the school

            1. Within Bedfordshire (e.g. urban, rural)
            2. The area/ community in which the school is situated
            3. The position of the school site in relation to roads, other buildings
               services, etc

            •    LEA/School Reference Number as allocated by the DfES

Other Information

        •       Address

        •       Number of staff

        •       Catchment area
        -       Area covered
        -       Number of pupils travelling from outside the catchment area.

        •       Related initiatives with which your school is involved e.g. Healthy Schools,
                Eco Schools.

        •       Special status of your school e.g. children’s centre, extended school.

        •       Other services offered at the school site e.g., nursery of other educational
                services, after school clubs, other educational services, gym or hall for
                community use.
        -       Describe these services
        -       Who uses these services
        -       Approximate number of users/ frequency of use.

        •       School start and finish times
        •       Times of pre and post school clubs
        •       Contact details of the school travel plan coordinator i.e. the focal point
                within the school for the school travel plan and travel to school issues

Tip – Include photos of the school, maps of the school site and a pupil postcode plot
Tip – If your school has developed a logo for its travel plan you could use this to decorate
your front page. Alternatively you could hold a competition between pupils to design the front
2) Travelling to the school

 Minimum Criteria:

 Description of the travel/ transport problems faced by the school/cluster of

     1. All pupil’s travel needs
     2. Journeys to and from school at normal start/finish times,
     3. Journeys to attend pre- and after-school events
     4. Journeys made during the school day to attend activities at other locations

 Survey results:

       1.    How children currently travel to/from school
       2.    How they would like to travel to/from school
       3.    Total numbers of pupils surveyed as well as the number that responded
       4.    Date survey undertaken

a) Overview

This section will include the results of your surveys of pupils, parents, staff, etc, and
therefore what you will include will depend on what you asked in your surveys

It will also include general information about travel and your school

   • Modes of transport used by pupils to get to and from school and the
   percentage that use them

   •        Modes of travel that pupils would like to use to get to and from school

   •        Modes of transport used by staff to get to and from school

   •        Modes of travel that staff would like to use to get to and from school

   • What factors stop or discourage parents or pupils from walking, cycling or
   using public transport to and from school.

   •        What percentage of pupils travelling of statuary transport provided by the LEA

   •        Travel for SEN pupils
            - Number of SEN pupils and general description of the types of physical
               and behavioural problems experienced
            - How these problems affect their travel to school

   •        Travel within the school day, i.e. to other schools/ sites for sports, educational
               or other learning opportunities within the school day
            - Purpose of travel
       -   Frequency
       -   Number and ages of pupils involved

   •   Details of travel related school policies e.g. cycling policy, sixth form car use

   •   Details of related travel education within your school e.g. road safety
       education, cycle training etc

   •   Number of entrance/exits to the school site

   •   Which entrance(s) pupils use

   •   Which entrance(s) visitors use

   •   Which entrance(s) staff and goods vehicles use

   •   Number of car parking spaces

   •   Number and location of cycle parking places

   •   Public bus services which link to the school

   •   If the school has a school crossing patrol

   •   Description of the road safety situation around your school e.g. recent

   •   Future development likely to increase traffic levels

b) Travel Problems

A list of the travel to school problems identified by your working group, with a short
description of each, that you aim to resolve through the school travel plan. Identify
how you have become aware of these problems. Is it through observations outside
school, Complaints from parents or local residents or from the children themselves?
3) Consultation

 Minimum Criteria: Evidence that all interested parties have been consulted,
 which includes a description of who was consulted and the consultation
 process during the school travel plan development

a) Working group

      •   A list of people who are in the working group and their relationship to the
          school, e.g. pupil, parent, local resident, school governor, staff member

      •   Information on how often the working group has met

      •   Any rules or ‘mission statement’ the working group has adopted

b) Wider consultation

      •   Information on surveys done within the school community

      •   Information on method of surveying

      •   Information on any other meeting, events of awareness raising
          undertaken in order to inform the school community and /or local
          community about the school travel plan and elicit input

      •   How have those included in the action plan been consulted

      •   How will the plan be made available to the wider school population?
   4) Our Schools Solutions

 Minimum criteria: Clearly defined SMART target and objectives
 SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-related.

Now that you have identified the problems and issues regarding travel to your school
you need to explain how the problems are going to be resolved and by what date

  a)   Objectives and Targets

  • Clear objectives (i.e. statements of intent – what do we want to achieve) stated
    within the text and linked back to the issues identified within the STP.

  • A list or table of objectives and related targets as agreed by your working group

 Examples of Objectives & Targets

 Objective 1: reduce speed and congestion outside the school
 Target: reduce the percentage of children being driven to school by 10% by 2007
 Actions: What actions will your school take to try and meet this target?

 Objective 2: To ensure the safety of all pupils walking and cycling to school
 Target: to resolve our current school travel problems by 2006
 Actions: What actions will your school take to try and meet this target?

 Objective 6: to make cycling a more viable means of walking to school
 Target: to have 15% of pupils cycling by 2007
 Actions: What actions will your school take to try and meet this target?

  • An explanation indicating the relevant school development strategy documents
    into which these objectives and targets have been incorporated
    b) Action plan

Minimum criteria: Details of proposed measures

Minimum criteria: Detailed timetable of implementation (month/year)

Minimum criteria: Clearly defined responsibilities (specific role/ person
assigned to each action)

Minimum criteria: Proposals for monitoring and review

Fill in an Action Plan sheet for each objective, and list the measures/ initiatives that
the working group have decided are necessary to achieve these objectives theses
need to be linked back to the issues identified within the STP

The action plan sheet is designed to contain information on responsibilities,
timescales, monitoring and resource requirements for each measure – something
you must show in order to meet the minimum requirements

•   Incorporate a completed action plan for each objective in your school travel plan

Example action plan:

Aim 1: A reduction in the use of car for the school journey
Target; Reduce the number of parents bringing their children to school by car by 5% by
September 2009

Proposed         How?                Person          Timescale      Resources   Monitoring
action                               responsible                    required
Encourage car    - Make use of       Travel Plan     Autumn         Nil         Annual
sharing for      postcode plot       Working         term 2006                  Review of
those that       data by             Group                                      travel data
have to make     displaying at
the journey by   new parents
car.             evenings

Encourage        - Inform            Travel plan     Autumn         Nil         Monitor
parents to       parents on a        working         Term 2006                  numbers
park to park     regular basis       group and                                  using pub
away from the    about facility      Beds CC                                    car park
school and       and encourage       School travel
make use of      children            advisor
local Public     through an
House car        incentive
park             scheme
                 - Investigate                       Begin                      Number
                 level of interest                   Autumn                     attending
                 in a walking                        term 2006                  initial
                 bus from Bells                      with view to               meeting and
                 Public House                        launch                     then number
                                                     spring                     taking part
                                                     2007                       using annual
        4) Monitoring and Evaluation

    •    Collection of mode of travel to school data via PLASC

    •    Set a month and year for reviewing the STP

    •    State who is responsible for ensuring both survey and review will be

    •    The STP must include a commitment that the review will consider pupil
         travel needs arising from new developments in education and transport
         provision and the school travel plan will be revised as necessary to take
         account of these

Although you will have outlined how you will monitor the success of the individual
measures in the action plans, you will need to show how you will monitor school
travel generally.

DfES now requires all schools with an approved travel plan to answer questions on
mode of travel to school in the annual PLASC return submitted in January. This data
will be used to inform the local authority of any progress and will be made available
to you via the County Council website.

Your school travel plan needs to be re-evaluated on a regular basis, which is why it is
good practice to integrate it with other documents such as your school development

Even once all the measures have been implemented, the working group should meet
annually to review the annual survey results – and make plans to publicise success
and re-evaluate measures which may need invigorating.

•       Plans for ongoing monitoring of travel modes used by pupils

•       Planned frequency of the future working group meetings

•       Other plans for monitoring/ reviewing elements of the school travel plan.
  5) Capital grant

Minimum criteria: Details of how the capital grant will be spent

  •   A short explanation describing your school’s plans to spend the school travel
      plan capital grant money and how this supports your school travel plan
   6) Approval

       Signed of by the chair of governors, and by all relevant external parties

You may wish to include this as a signing off sheet either at the end of your travel
plan with a mission statement from the school.

You will need to include space for signatories from Bedfordshire County Council. The
following can be used as a guide:

Signed: …………………………………                                               date:…………..

Signed: …………………………………                                               date:…………..
Chair of Governors

Signed: …………………………………                                               date:…………..
Chair of School Council

Signed: …………………………………                                               date:…………..
Beds CC School Travel Advisor

Signed: …………………………………                                               date:…………..
Tim Malynn, Director, Environment Beds CC

Signed: …………………………………                                               date:…………..
Malcolm Newsom, Director, Children’s Services Beds CC

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