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Action Plan - An Example

This section is intended to provide an outline of how to plan the actions that might be included in your School Travel Plan. If you are doing a joint travel plan you will need to ensure that there is a clear balance of initiatives between all schools.

Below is an example of an action plan (which may or may not be relevant to your school) to give you some ideas. Beneath the example are some guidance notes on each heading and what sort of details are required.
Remember to ask your School Travel Plan Adviser if you need more help or ideas.
A blank form is available to help you fill in the correct details.

1. Aim: Reducing car use and encouraging alternatives
2.Objective: Encourage more walking to school
3.SMART target 4.Measures/
Initiatives and Completion Date
5.Tasks/
Actions
6.Responsibility (Specific Role) 7.Priority of Initiative 8.Timescales of Tasks/Actions 9.Review with Working Group
Increase the percentage of pupils walking from 50% to 70% by Nov 2007 Participate in Walk to School week by 2006 Contact HCC's Road Safety Team School Champion Medium Nov 2005 Dec 2005
Find a coordinator Headteacher   Oct 2005 Sept 2005

1. Aim: Improving safety on the school journey and travel facilities at the school

2.Objective: To improve the safety of pupils on the journey to and from school
3.SMART target 4.Measures/
Initiatives and Completion Date
5.Tasks/
Actions
6.Responsibility (Specific Role) 7.Priority of Initiative 8.Timescales of Tasks/Actions 9.Review with Working Group
To reduce the number of pupils using the vehicle entrance to 0 by 2008 Introduce pedestrian training to all pupils by Sept 2006 Contact HCC’s Road Safety team School Champion High Sept 2005 Jan 2006
Advertise for volunteers School Governor   Oct 2005 Jan 2006
Bid for improvement to pedestrian entrance by July 2006 Contact Property, Business and Regulatory Services. HCC High Oct 2005 Jan 2006

1. Aim: Raising travel awareness and bedding school travel/road safety within the curriculum.

2.Objective: Include road safety, travel choice, sustainable travel and global warming (due to carbon emissions) within the curriculum.
3.SMART target 4.Measures/
Initiatives and Completion Date
5.Tasks/
Actions
6.Responsibility (Specific Role) 7.Priority of Initiative 8.Timescales of Tasks/Actions 9.Review with Working Group
To ensure that road safety is taught explicitly to each year group by September 2008 Include Road Safety training into the school year by Sept 2006 Contact Community Liaison Officer re. training. Deputy Head Medium Oct 2005 Jan 2006

Your action plan gives you the opportunity to list out the following;

  1. Your overall aim/s (i.e. describe the overall difference you are trying to achieve), for example ‘Reducing car use and encouraging alternatives’
     
  2. Your clear objectives (i.e. statements of intent – what do you want to achieve?), for example ‘Encouraging more walking to school’. These should link in with your issues identified within the School Travel Plan
     
  3. Your clearly identified targets (i.e. a specific point which you want to reach by a stated time) that reflects the survey data and issues identified, are linked to the objectives and are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed) e.g. ‘Increase the number of pupils walking to school from 50% to 70% by September 2007 from 2005’s baseline’
     
  4. Details of proposed measures/initiatives that will meet the School Travel Plan’s objectives and targets, e.g. ‘Participate in Walk to School Week’ and/or ‘Set up a Walking Bus’.
     
  5. Details of specific tasks/actions that will need to be carried out in order to achieve the measures/initiatives identified. This should be something with a definite end e.g. not ‘Encourage parents not to park on zig zags’ but ‘STP Co-ordinator to write an article for the school newsletter asking parents not to park on zig zags’. Try to split outcomes into manageable actions, for example, not ‘Set up a Walking Bus’ but ‘Send a letter to parents asking for volunteers to run a Walking Bus’. Once this has been completed, a new set of actions can be drawn up -based on the results.
     
  6. Specify who will be responsible for each action/task listed. This will need to be a specific role e.g. STP Co-ordinator, school council etc at the school or the School Travel Planning Team.
     
  7. Prioritising each measure/initiative as to whether it is high, medium or low priority. This will help you work out which actions you want to pursue first. 
     
  8. Clearly state when the action/activity will be completed and/or undertaken. Please state month and year or a specific date. Having simple actions with shorter term completion dates will ensure that any problems are identified sooner rather than later.
     
  9. Clearly state when each action will be reviewed by the working group. Please state month and year or a specific date. It may be that the working group agrees to meet once a term to review the travel plan, adding new actions following on from those completed, or from any new issues that come to light. Those actions that have not been completed may require the group to set new deadlines.

Some examples of measures/initiatives that can be carried out by yourselves, your District Council or the County Council, can be found in Identifying Solutions and Developing Initiatives.

Please note that any potential physical measures you identify are not restricted to the immediate vicinity of the school and, where identified during the development of your travel plan, can also include measures at any point along the journey to and from school. Any physical measures identified in your action plan should have been discussed with the Safer Routes to School engineer, to check that they are feasible and therefore provide you with a realistic action plan.