Back to School? Find joy in the journey. Two women walking with two younger boys. One of the women is pushing a baby chair.

Children heading off to school? Why not start a new habit and walk, cycle or scoot the route.

Travelling with friends and getting some exercise will help parents and children feel energised and ready for the day ahead. 

Some great reasons to walk, scoot or cycle to school: 

  • Walking or cycling helps to reduce congestion and pollution and improve safety around the school gates.  
  • Your child will arrive at school energised and ready to learn. 
  • An active journey to and from school builds exercise into your child’s routine and counts towards the recommended 60 minutes a day. 
  • Physical activity can increase concentration and boosts performance in class. 
  • 15 minutes exercise can significantly improve a child’s mood and help to reduce anxiety and stress. 
  • Children who walk, cycle or scoot to school from an early age have more road sense and an improved ability to travel independently and safely. 

Watch a video to find out more

More advice

Public Transport

If students are using public transport, they should continue to follow government guidelines to ensure they can travel safely on the network. They should plan their journey in advance and allow more time to get to their school or college.

The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport. If students are over 11 years old, and are not exempt, they should continue to wear a face covering on public transport,


More resources

Our schools engagement teams have shared some additional resources which you may find useful.


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