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How to prepare a school travel plan

A school travel plan is a tool which looks at a school’s road safety and travel needs.

It involves the whole school community - pupils, teachers, school council, governors and parents and so can become an exciting project that is part of the life and ethos of the school.

Modeshift STARS

Schools can now sign up to Modeshift STARS to develop their school Travel Plan which is an online travel planning tool. This tool allows schools to:

  • Create, develop and support their travel plan.
  • Assists schools in monitoring and evaluation
  • Recognises and rewards excellence for the promotion of sustainable and active travel.

More information:

See also Modeshift STARS workshops.

Travel surveys

To complete your school travel plan you will need to undetake a pupil travel survey. Survey data should not be more than 18 months old when your document is prepared.

Staff and parents should be surveyed about their travel habits too.

Schools can use the following school templates (pupil, staff and parents) to conduct their school travel surveys:

Once all surveys have been completed they can be uploaded to the Modeshift system.

Travel plan coordinator

It is really important that within each school a travel plan coordinator or nominated staff member(s) is appointed to be responsible for the development and also the day-to-day management of the Modeshift STARS web tool to update/add to their school travel plan. This does not need to be a teacher – it could be a governor or parent who is actively involved with the school. The role of this person is to undertake travel surveys, implement the travel measures and initiatives and review the school travel plan. Slough Borough Council is happy to assist any travel plan coordinators/nominated staff member and provide them with the necessary guidance to implement a successful school travel plan.