The Ofsted publication Taking the first step forward… towards and education for sustainable development - Good practice in primary and secondary schools (2003) mentioned how school travel issues fit within Education for Sustainable Development. For example, within the key concepts of citizenship and stewardship a good practice example is used which describes a year five module ‘Journey to School’ which ‘was directly linked to a Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) unit on improving the local environment. It involved a number of strands, including pupils mapping and surveying routes to school as well as identifying traffic levels. Pupils suggested ideas of ways the environment around the school could be improved.’
Following the publication of A New Relationship with Schools by Ofsted, the inspection process now places self-evaluation at the centre of the inspection process. Schools will be expected to demonstrate their contribution towards the five outcomes for children and young people as set out in the Green Paper Every Child Matters.
By developing a School Travel Plan, schools can provide evidence that they are committed to the outcomes of the Green Paper. School Travel Plans look at the safety and health of students (both physical and mental) and enable them to make a productive contribution towards these areas through involvement with developing the plan.