Schools of the Region are set to star at the National School Travel Awards with Modeshift STARS.

10 schools were awarded School of the Region at the Modeshift STARS Regional awards that took place throughout November. These schools are invited attend to the National School Travel Awards taking place in March 2018 in London where the National Schools of the Year will be announced. Schools from across the country were nominated for the regional awards by their local authority for demonstrating best practice in promoting sustainable travel throughout their school. Schools could be nominated in one of four categories consisting of Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).


Modeshift STARS is the national school travel award scheme designed to recognise schools who have shown excellence in promoting walking cycling and other forms of sustainable travel. The scheme is open to schools throughout England and is supported by the Department for Transport. Schools were nominated to attend the regional awards and celebrate their success and share best practice.


Nick Butler, Modeshift’s National Awards Manager says “the regional awards are a great opportunity to recognise schools for their commitment to promoting sustainable travel. It’s fantastic to see the varied range of new and creative ways that schools adopt to embed a culture of active travel within their communities.


The schools of the region:

  • Mickley First School, Northumberland – Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Region – North East


  • Turton and Edgeworth C of E/Methodist Controlled Primary School, Blackburn with Darwen – Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Region – North West


  • Barnabas Oley CofE School, Cambridgeshire – Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Region – East


  • Portfields Combined School, Milton Keynes – Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Region – South East


  • Footsteps Day Nursery, Brighton and Hove – Modeshift STARS Early Years School of the Region – South East


  • Calton Primary School, Gloucestershire – Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Region – South West


  • St Mary’s C of E VC Primary School, – Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Region – Yorkshire and The Humber


  • Riddings Infant & Nursery School, Derbyshire – Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Region – Midlands


  • Turves Green Boys Secondary School, Birmingham – Modeshift STARS Secondary School of the Region – Midlands


  • Holbrook School for Autism, Derbyshire – Modeshift STARS Primary School of the Region – SEND


If you would like to find out more information about Modeshift STARS please visit of find us on Twitter or Facebook by searching for  @ModeshiftSTARS for more details.

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Phillip Darnton (OBE) stands down as Chair of TABS

Phillip Darnton (OBE) has generously given his time to TABS as Chair for the last 5 years.

He has decided to step down from the post, from December and has the following words to say:

“At the time of the election of new board members, it is also a requirement that the chair should stand down, to give the opportunity for a new chair to be appointed.

I have given the matter some considerable thought, and feel that this would be an appropriate moment for me to step aside, and not put my name forward for consideration for reappointment.

I hope that the next phase of TABS’ development will be a positive and dynamic one, alongside the strengthening of the Bikeability Trust. I am hopeful, too, that the funding of the Association may be placed on a more secure footing, and that the Instructor Training recommendations will soon be put into effect.

All this marks a new chapter in the life of TABS, and suggests that the time is right for new thinking and new ideas from the chair. As I hope that you know, I have enjoyed the experience of working with you all and the annual conference has always been a highlight for me. Hull this year was, in my view, the best event that you have staged so far, and challenges us to do even better in 2018!”

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Case study – Bike Club to encourage more regular cycling habits, pre/post Bikeability training

Clive Eve from Cycle Experience runs a Bike Club for Eastlea Primary School in Cramlington on Wednesdays after school and was recently involved in the school’s annual Hike and Bike fundraising event on 13th November 2017.

The challenge was to Bike or Hike from school to Blyth Beach, a distance of 3.5 miles.  The hikers set out first accompanied by staff, Governers and two community police offers.    The bikers were accompanied by Clive and staff and some members of the Vintage Cycle Club.

Everyone enjoyed fish and chips when they reached the beach before the Hikers returned to school by coach and the Bikers cycled all the way back.

Seven of the bikers were going to hike but Clive got them involved in the Bike Club and loaned them bikes for the challenge.

The Bike Club has grown since it started up and many children hadn’t been involved in Bikeability training previously so now enjoy the courses provided by Cycle Experience each year.

Eastlea Bike and Hike event

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New Directors appointed to TABS Board

The new Directors are:
Caroline Lane (West Berkshire Council)
Kieron McNab (Outspoken Training)
Pauline Roby (Cycle4Life)

TABS is delighted to welcome them to the Board – the range of skills and experience that they have will be a fantastic contribution to TABS.

Many thanks to all of TABS members that voted, and also particular thanks to Paul Lowe (Cycling Instructor) who took the time and effort to stand.

A huge thanks also to the Directors who will be stepping down from the TABS Board at the meeting on 6th December – David Dansky (Cycle Training UK), Liz Clarke (Bike Right!) and David Shannon (London Borough of Islington).

They have been involved since the organisation was first formed and have been the ‘backbone’ of TABS since then. It is impossible to calculate just how much time David, Liz and David have given to TABS – their contribution has been enormous and they will be greatly missed. Hopefully they will continue to play an active part in the work that TABS does, including the forthcoming regional workshops in February and the 2018 National Bikeability conference!

Thank you to Liz, David and David for their amazing and generous contribution to TABS over the past years.  And welcome again to the new Board members!

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Jesse Norman MP visits Level 2 Bikeability pupils at Lord Scudamore Academy, Hereford


Herefordshire Council’s Bikeability team welcomed Jesse Norman MP to Lord Scudamore Academy in Hereford on 24 November 2017. Mr Norman met a group of Level 2 Bikeability pupils at the academy to see their first on-road cycle training session.

Mr Norman was visiting as part of his new ministerial role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Transport. Paul Robison, Chief Executive of the national Bikeability Trust, explained how the DfT funding is used in Herefordshire to improve cycling confidence and safety.

Councillor Durkin, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Roads, said:

“Bikeability is a high quality cycle training programme which gives confidence and skills to those who wish to cycle safely. Our scheme provides free practical cycle training to over 1,000 pupils and adults across Herefordshire each year, enabling our residents to live safe, healthy and independent lives.”

Earlier this year, Herefordshire Council secured a £1.5m share of the government’s Sustainable Travel Access Fund. Through this funding, Herefordshire Council works closely with schools and the wider community to deliver scooter and cycle skills, bike maintenance sessions, led rides and walks.

Find out more about Herefordshire Council’s cycling provision at or email

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2018 TABS Regional Training Workshop series – February

TABS is working with our members to deliver a series of 4 regional workshops in February 2018, as follows:

  • Bradford  – Tuesday 13th February 2018
  • London – Thursday 15th February 2018
  • Bristol – Wednesday 21st February 2018
  • Maidstone – Thursday 22nd February 2018

The workshops will run from 10.30 (doors open from 9.30 for networking, refreshments and registration) – 16.00 (room available until 16.30 for networking).  There will be an introduction, providing an update on current DfT, Bikeability Trust and TABS news, plus any other relevant regional elements.

There will be 3 main sessions covering:
Getting good outcomes at Levels 1 & 2 – classroom session
(60 minutes)

  • How NS principles (realistic empowering, positive, progessive, trainee-led training) leads to good outcomes
  • Achieving more active learning/increased riding
  • Using core principles (positioning, awareness and communication) to minimise instructor talking time
  • Working with different ratios / course times – sharing differing practice

Practical session exploring the above  (60 minutes)
Session in 2 groups looking at Level 1 teaching and assessment, then at Level 2 teaching and assessment, sharing good practice

Internal quality assurance
(90 minutes)

  • What is the aim of IQA
  • Understanding the link between IQA and EQA
  • Explore the elements of IQA and the IQA cycle

The workshop will be suitable for both scheme managers and instructors. TABS will review the proportion of instructors/scheme managers at each workshop and try to tailor the agenda accordingly.

There will be a small charge for the workshops to cover TABS costs, of just £50 per TABS member / £80 per non-member.

The training will be delivered by David Dansky (Cycle Training UK – ITO/TABS Board member), in partnership with a local representative(s) in each location.

CLICK HERE for further information / to book a place on one of the workshops.
Please contact: / 07952 786621 if you have any questions at this stage.

Many thanks to Kent County Council, Bristol City Council, Steer Davies Gleave and Bradford City Council for providing the workshop venues.

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Portsmouth City Council wins award for family cycle training scheme

Portsmouth City Council is celebrating the success of its Family Cycle Training scheme after winning an award for the ‘Best Behavioural Change Initiative’ at the national Healthy Street Conference.

Funded by the Department for Transport, the Family Cycle training initiative was created to encourage cycling as a fun family activity. By providing cycle training, parents and children were taught basic cycling and bike maintenance skills to ensure they felt confident on Portsmouth’s roads. To support the initiative, bike grants were awarded to low income families to ensure participation from across the city.

Between November 2016 and January 2017, 30 families took part in the training programme and a total of 80 bike grants were awarded to lower income families. In addition, 14 non-cyclists were taught to cycle and 85 cycle helmets were given out. As a direct result of the training, over half of respondents said they cycled more regularly as a family and over 70 percent felt more confident cycling.

The council submitted its entry in August, and during the recent Healthy Streets Conference the hugely successful scheme took first place in the ‘Best Behaviour Change Initiative’ category.   The judges particularly liked the council’s initiative for its ‘grassroots approach’.

Talking at the awards, jury member Brian Deegan, AltaGO-Europe director, said: “The road to healthy streets is more likely to be paved with thousands of small good deeds rather than a few huge sweeping changes.

“It is in the hands of every man, woman and child on every UK street to bring about this change and the judges want to hold this project up as a shining, achievable example to all.”

The Healthy Streets Awards and Conference recognises those working to make significant improvements in air quality, active travel, health and wellbeing.

Councillor Simon Bosher, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, comments on receiving the award. “Portsmouth is a great city for cycling.  It’s flat, compact and has some lovely scenic rides along the coast – but not everybody feels confident cycling on our roads.  Through the family cycle training, distribution of safety equipment and guided cycle rides we enabled participants to cycle safely and confidently, while working towards our aim to change attitudes towards cycling and improve levels of physical activity. We are delighted with the outcomes of the scheme and pleased to receive national recognition.”

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DfT’s Think! Campaign launches new child road safety resources

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The Think! campaign has developed a series of road safety educational resources and campaigns aimed at children. Iconic campaigns include the family of Hedgehogs, Kevin Keegan, and David Prouse as the Green Cross Code Man.

THINK! is launching new road safety resources for teachers and parents aimed at young children. The resources are expert endorsed, interactive and adaptable for use by teachers, road safety professionals and parents

The new resources are free to access online and include easy to follow lesson plans, a new road safety song and two new films co-created with children, making this the most extensive THINK! child and teen campaign yet. The new song and corresponding lesson plan teach children how to cross the road safely using the ‘Stop, Look, Listen, Think’ mantra.

A new THINK! survey revealed that 67% of children are taught fewer than two hours of road safety education in their whole time at school. The DfT hopes these new, flexible and easy-to-use resources will make it easier than ever to teach children the vital lessons of the road.

THINK! resources for children aged 3 to 6 will be available to access from 20 November. Register your interest here. Resources aimed at ages 7 to 12 and 13 to 17 will be available in early 2018.



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PEand Sports Premium doubles to 320 million pounds – Active Travel to School included

On Tuesday (24th October 2017) the government announced that it was doubling the PE and Sport Premium to £320million a year. The funding aims to improve the quality of PE and Sports Provision in schools, supporting children’s health through physical activity.

The PE and Sport Premium is part of a series of programmes led by the Department for Education to improve healthy lifestyles among pupils and tackle childhood obesity. The area that is key for the promotion of sustainable and active travel is that the government have outlined that the money can be used to “embed physical activity into the school day through active travel for journeys to and from school”.

This is a great opportunity to promote Bikeability / cycle training, and provide schools with hints, tips and ideas for spending an allocation of their PE and Sports Premium budget on walking and cycling.

Some specific areas that they can spend the funding on include:

  • · Providing staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PO and sport more effectively
  • · Introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
  • · Support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending schools sports and holiday clubs
  • · Encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
  • · Embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school

See links below for the full details of the announcement:

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Modeshift STARS – national awards scheme

Modeshift STARS is the national awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.


The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people. Every school in England (outside of London) can participate in Modeshift STARS for free. Schools log activities that promote and support sustainable travel in the Modeshift STARS system. By doing so schools can apply for Bronze, Silver and Gold accreditation and the system will automatically generate a brand new national standard School Travel Plan for that school


Local authorities* can link with their schools through Modeshift STARS and support them in delivering their travel action plan and achieving STARS Accreditation. Modeshift STARS has a range of resources and guidance documents to support schools and local authorities using the system and share best practice nationwide. As of October 2017, 64 organisations representing around 13,000 schools in England are signed up to Modeshift STARS.


*Local authorities are subject to a licence fee for use of the Modeshift STARS system



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