Helping pupils, parents and staff to make the walking option an easy option
Whether as a way of bringing the whole school community together, increasing physical activity, or reducing the congestion outside your school gate, we can help with a range of incentives to get your school walking! To discuss options or for further details, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 07929 397092.
Schools Walk the Wight
The annual Walk the Wight 26 mile walk across the Isle of Wight raises money to support the local Earl Mountbatten Hospice. In 2005 Helen Stichbury had the idea of encouraging children and families to log their daily walking activities, including the walk to school, to accumulate mileage towards the 26 miles of the Walk the Wight . Along with Louise Gray of the NHS Public Health Promotion Team, the idea was developed and, working alongside the Earl Mountbatten Hospice Fundraising Team, has so far raised nearly £150,000 for the local hospice. It has been successful in increasing walking and raising awareness of the work of the hospice, with almost every primary school on the Island taking part.
“It's enlightening for the children to be part of something so big, and they were really touched by the cause. They got a real sense of achievement by participating, with the older children who had completed the 26 miles first helping the younger ones to add up their mileage. We will definitely be doing it again next year!”
Wroxall Primary School
The idea was nominated for the Isle of Wight NHS ‘Working together in partnership' award 2010.
“The awards are a celebration in excellence and innovation in health care and to get recognised in this context is a great achievement.”
Chief Executive, Isle of Wight Council
A national programme to promote walking, schools can join in by creating their own routes and adding them to the national website; having a look at the AROW package; participating in the nationally-organised events. For details of what's going on right now, check out the Walk4Life website www.walk4life.info . Contact us if you would like support to get involved.
Park & Stride
Parking permits, allowing parents/carers to park for free for about ½ hour (depends on how far the car park is from the school), are available for many schools. Some schools have negotiated a parking facility with local businesses allowing parking away from the site. This reduces congestion around the school, can do wonders for relationships with local residents and businesses, and helps to increase walking too. For support contact us on 07929 397092 or email email@example.com.
"With the Park & Stride you know where you're parking, you can time your journey better, and it's less stressful."
Parent, Carisbrooke CE Primary School
Walk on Wednesday – ‘WOW' – or weekly walking promotions on any day of the week!
An occasional walking promotion, especially linked to a theme such as the use of high-visibility articles in the autumn, or curriculum topics such as the environment, can help boost your school's walking activities and give other project more impact. Incentives such as stickers are reasonably cheap and ever-popular; contact us for support.
Black to Green – reducing the school's carbon footprint
Cut out a big black footprint to represent your class/year/school's carbon footprint. Give every pupil, member of staff or visitor a green ‘leaf' and stick it onto the black footprint, every time they leave the car behind and travel on foot, bike, bus or train. See how long it takes to turn your footprint from ‘black' to ‘green', and have a challenge around or between schools to see who can ‘go green' the fastest!
Considerate Driving Programme
Pupils look at why double yellow lines, zigzags, speed limits etc. are placed outside schools. They could design a leaflet, hold an assembly for parents, use whatever means to get the message across that the area outside school should be kept as safe as possible for everyone. Governors can get involved by supporting staff and pupils to stand outside the school at peak times, wearing high visibility vests, and issuing parents who park inconsiderately with the leaflet. Enforcement of parking restrictions can be encouraged if required.
Contact us for further details of how the scheme can be used at your school.
"Helen worked closely with my Y3/4 class and also in partnership with the traffic enforcement officers, and together we encouraged and inspired the children into producing a high quality presentation to promote the 'Park Away' scheme. The children participated in a home/school project designed to promote the 'Park Away' scheme and produced some extremely powerful literature and artefacts for the adults in the local community to consider. The work with Helen also promoted the children's speaking and listening skills in that they had to explain their work, and also extended their Literacy skills in writing letters to their parents explaining the importance of this venture. Several of the children worked with Helen in identifying some alternative places to park within walking distance from school and this involved them working alongside their parents with trundle wheels. It had a significant impact upon the ethos of the travel arrangements for many children at Oakfield."
Oakfield CE Primary School