Walk to School – Living Streets
Living Streets is the UK’s leading charity for everyday walking. In Leicester, we provide support for schools wanting to reduce congestion and improve air quality and road safety around the school gate.
Project Coordinator (Leicester), Living Streets
Walk to School Challenge for primary school aged children
WOW - Living Streets' walk to school challenge encourages children and their families to travel actively to school and log their daily travel on the interactive Travel Tracker. Pupils who walk, scoot, cycle, bus or park and stride to school at least once a week are rewarded with a monthly collectible WOW badge. 11 badges are available to collect each school year. Watch the “What is WOW?” video!
The Travel Tracker shows which pupils have earned a badge and school staff can run reports to see travel habits at a whole school or class level. This data can be used as part of lesson activities, to monitor (and celebrate!) your active travel improvements, and as evidence towards Eco-Schools, Healthy Schools and Modeshift STARS awards.
On average, WOW schools see a 30% reduction in car journeys taken to the school gate and a 23% increase in walking rates.
Living Streets will help you set-up and launch WOW as well as be on hand to offer support once you’re up and running. Curriculum-aligned resources are also available.
WOW can be adapted to suit your schools needs so please call Sarah to discuss how the scheme could work best for your school. She can also arrange a visit or video call to show you the resources and demonstrate how the Travel Tracker works.
A limited number of funded WOW places are available to Leicester City schools. To find out more or to express an interest in taking part, contact Sarah using the details at the top of this web page.
Transitioning to secondary school
Living Streets' journey planning activity sheet encourages year 6 pupils to consider the different ways they could travel to their new secondary school. The activity can be completed by pupils at home or in school as part of their ‘transitions’ preparation.
Visit Living Streets’ Making the Transition to Secondary School page to download the activity sheet and for information that can be shared with parents/carers.
Further walk to school resources and initiatives
Visit Living Streets’ Walk to School page to browse the full range of resources and initiatives on offer to primary and secondary schools. This includes curriculum-linked lesson plans, information about our Walk to School Week and Happy Shoesday initiatives, and a Family Walk to School Kit, designed to help parents, carers and children make the walk to school work for them.
Global Goal(s) your project supports:
- 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing
- 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
- 13 – Climate Action
- 17 – Partnerships for the Goals
Please consider the environment.