Information for Special Educational Needs Schools
Why do Special Schools develop a School Travel Plan?
School Travel Plans are documents produced by schools that consider the current ways students, staff and visitors are travelling to and from school and how this can be made safer, healthier and more environmentally sustainable. Many schools try to reduce the number of car trips to the school and encourage walking and cycling amongst pupils. Due to the nature of special schools (large catchment areas and high levels of provided transport or car use and pupilís specific needs) it is not always possible for pupils and staff to walk or cycle to and from school.
There are still many reasons why special schools may benefit from developing a School Travel Plan (STP). A school with a travel plan demonstrates both commitment to the immediate health and safety of their pupils and to providing them with skills for the future.
School Travel Plans are living documents that change over time. During the process of a STP schools are asked to undertake surveys of pupils, parents, staff, drivers, visitors and local residents to help identify problems relating to school travel. Below are a few examples of initiatives which other schools have been able to address through the School Travel Plan process and the funding available on completion. Overleaf, there are also some ideas on how to involve the whole school community in the STP process:
|Issues and solutions raised through
|Ideas for involving the school
When an STP meets the Department for Education (DfE) criteria, consideration for funding is available to schools from Hampshire County Councilís Sustainable and Healthy Access Routes Programme for measures identified within the plan.
Before you begin your School Travel Plan (STP) the team are available to visit your school and provide you with a resource pack, survey forms, maps of the school catchment area and site, examples of similar schoolís Travel Plans and resources to help get you thinking. If you are unsure why your school needs a travel plan then the pack will develop your knowledge of an STP and how it links to health and physical activity, child safety, the environment, and links with the National Curriculum and Ofsted.
Within the resource pack there are sections detailing:
For further information on developing a travel plan or to request a resource pack, please contact the School Travel Planning Team.