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 (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.
List of STARS accreditation (September 2019)
Already have Healthy Schools accreditation? Find out where Healthy Schools crosses over with STARS (pdf)
Funding for school travel activities
Small grants of between £50 and £500, are available to schools that develop and maintain their STARS accreditation. There are 3 levels of reward depending on the schools STARS status, with a different amount for each level.
Applications are invited in the autumn term, with approved funds being paid directly to the school.
STARS reward funding (pdf)
Information and application form for 2019/20 STARS reward scheme, for accreditation confirmed in August 2019.
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 events related to sustainable travel (pdf)
View calendar of school events related to sustainable travel for 2020/21
Big Pedal toolkit (pdf)
The Sustrans Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge supporting pupils, staff and parents to choose human power for their journey to school. The best 5 days over the two weeks of the challenge make up your school’s final score so embedding some additional, fun activities into the fortnight of the challenge will help you to increase the numbers of children, parents and staff travelling actively to school. The Big Pedal toolkit contains all you need to know to make the challenge a success at your school and even has links to the TfL STARS website so you can easily log your stories.
Road safety week 16 - 22 November 2020
Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event every November, organised by ‘Brake’, a national road safety charity. The campaign focus is on reducing road casualties and making streets safer for active travel.We have produced this downloadable guide with supporting information, resources and ideas to help schools raise awareness for road safety. Road safety week guide (pdf).
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.
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!
Ealing's junior travel ambassador (JTA) annual programme
Programme for 2019/20.
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.
Websites and resources to help with your STP.
School travel plan support can be provided by:
Senior school travel adviser
Tel: 020 8825 9648