Services for children

School travel plans (STP)

School travel plans help to improve the health and well-being of pupils and staff, and reduce pollution and congestion around schools, as well as saving money for parents and the school community.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

The school travel team have made some suggestions, for schools and parents, to support social distancing on the school journey.

Contact us to ask about social distancing markings for your school journeys.

STARS accreditation

STARS (sustainable travel, active, responsible, safe) is Transport for London’s (TfL) school travel plan accreditation scheme for London schools and nurseries. STARS inspires young londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.

  • Unlock additional funding grants and school activities from TfL and Ealing Council
  • Provide evidence for Ofsted of promoting and achieving active travel
  • Count towards healthy schools silver and gold awards
  • Allow Ealing Council to work strategically to address traffic issues around your school
  • Comply with planning conditions for schools (where applicable)
  • Provide networking opportunities with other schools and invitations to award events.

The STARS accreditation comes as bronze, silver and gold awards and provides an on-line travel plan. The travel plan will also help towards keeping pupils safe, improving punctuality and attendance, reducing child obesity and improving health and well-being. Schools can include sustainability within the curriculum, providing a supportive and caring school environment.

To support school staff in the development of their travel plans, STARS surgeries will be available throughout the year and will be advertised through gatekeeping.

All Ealing schools have been set up on the STARS website. The STARS champion can register to access their school’s profile.

2020-21 STARS accreditation list (pdf)

Already have Healthy Schools accreditation? Find out where Healthy Schools crosses over with STARS (pdf)

Want to boost your accreditation level?

TfL have put together some guides to help you do this. Each one lists a range of different activities that can be done as part of each event and how you go about them. Doing extra activities during events all count as additional stories and will boost you towards your school’s next accreditation.

Home learning resources for teachers and parents

STARS at home activities primary schools (pdf)

STARS at home activities high schools (pdf)

STARS at home activities special schools (pdf)

Planning applications

Planning applications for school expansions or rebuilding usually require an up to date travel plan which clearly sets out how the school will promote safe and sustainable travel to the school site and what measures will be taken to mitigate against the possible increased levels of car trips/congestion that the expansion might cause.

Developers and schools must review the STP and the planning process guidance and use the interim STP template to produce the travel plan for their planning application available on the Ealing Council website. For more information contact us at the school travel team.

School travel calendar

School travel calendar events related to sustainable travel (pdf)
View calendar of school events related to sustainable travel for 2021/22


Big Walk and Wheel toolkit (pdf)
The Big Walk and Wheel is the UK’s biggest inter-school cycling, walking, wheeling and scooting competition.

Register to be in with a chance of not only winning some great prizes but also joining hundreds of other schools including those in Ealing in promoting active travel on the school journey.

From 21 March to 1 April, join in the fun to see the longer term impact on your active travel numbers.

Children and their parents will be able to participate as long as they use active travel for the school journey – this year this includes walking, wheeling (wheelchair users, cycling, scooting) and those who use Park and Stride areas. There is an Ealing league table and the school travel team will be giving daily updates during the competition to spur you along. Check out the Big Walk and Wheel toolkit above for some great ideas on how to promote it and make it the best year ever. We look forward to seeing how many schools take part.

Road safety week 15 - 21 November 2021
Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event every November, organised by ‘Brake’, a national road safety charity. The theme of Road Safety Week 2021 is 'Road safety heroes', which celebrates the work of road safety professionals, explaining how we can all play a part in making journeys safer for everyone.

Here is our downloadable Road Safety Week guide 2021 (pdf) with supporting information, resources and ideas to help schools raise awareness for road safety.

This year we are including a 'Be bright, Be seen' assembly and competition (pdf) for schools to raise awareness of the importance of being visible as the days and evenings get darker.

Email if you would like the powerpoint with the teachers notes (instead of the above pdf version).

Workshop play script
A new workshop-play script, linked to active travel, road safety and air quality. A series of 6 drama improvisation workshops that fit together to form a play, performed by pupils to parents and the rest of the school. This raises awareness of environmental and congestion issues associated with car use, in particular parent parking and supports promotion of walking and cycling. It’s perfect for schools who want to target a specific class or year group. We have both PDF and hard copies that schools can borrow. Please contact us for more information.

Smoothie bike (pdf)
Schools can borrow a smoothie bike! Complete the form to make a booking request..

Health Fair game (pdf)
We have produced this downloadable game for schools to give to Junior Travel Ambassadors (JTAs) to use during their health fairs. It’s a great way to engage families with the idea of active travel!

Terri the Tiger (pdf)
Sadly, schools cannot hire Terri the Tiger, our sustainable travel mascot, at the moment! We will let you know when it is safe for him to return to schools. Contact us for more information and to book.

Ealing's junior travel ambassador (JTA) annual programme
Programme for 2021/22

PlayStreets for schools
Close the road immediately outside your school and reclaim the street for play!

Walking and cycling initiatives
Walk and cycle to school initiatives and resources.

Walk to school maps
Maps to promote walking to school

Tackling parent parking issues
Organising a perfect parking campaign.

Useful links
Websites and resources to help with your STP.

Contact us

School travel plan support can be provided by:
Nicky Batkin
Senior school travel adviser
Tel: 020 8825 9648

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Last updated: 07 Mar 2022