Organisations that can help you take action

There are lots of organisations that can help you take action on transport. Take a look at the help available and discover what other schools are doing.

Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. School Streets tackles the congestion, poor air quality and road safety concerns that many schools experience, by restricting motor traffic at the school gates for short periods, generally at drop-off and pick-up times. Sustrans School Streets is Ashden’s programme to support schools and local authorities to trial and implement school streets across the UK.  

Regions they work in: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England  

Modeshift STARS is the national school awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. 

The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people. Every school in England (outside of London) can participate in Modeshift STARS for free. On completion of an application , schools will automatically receive a brand new national standard School Travel Plan. 

For Schools in London visit TFL STARS. 

Regions they work in: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England  

Living Streets is the UK charity for everyday walking. Their mission is to achieve a better walking environment and inspire people to walk more. Living Streets works with over 1,500 primary schools across England, Scotland and Wales encouraging pupils to travel actively to school through their behaviour change initiatives.

  • WOW – the walk to school challenge is a pupil-led initiative that reward pupils with monthly collectable badges for walking/wheeling, cycling, scooting or doing Park and Stride to school. On average, WOW schools see a 30% reduction in car journeys taken to the school gates and a 23% increase in walking rates.
  • Gyda Walk to School Week pupils are encouraged to travel sustainably to school every day of the week, earning stickers as they go along, with a special reward at the end of the week!
  • Little Feet, their walking initiative for early years settings (ages 2-5), is a great way to introduce the benefits of walking to families with young children. The curriculum-linked activities feature journey maps, stickers and fun games.


Regions they work in: Scotland, Wales, England  

Bikeability is the government’s national cycle training programme. It helps you learn practical skills and understand how to cycle on today’s roads.  

Bikeability gives everyone the confidence to cycle and enjoy this skill for life.  

  • For all levels of experience  
  • Qualified, expert instructors  
  • Available all year round across England  


Regions they work in: London only. 

Green Schools Project’s Zero Carbon Schools Programme is a series of pupil sessions, teacher training and community engagement outreach that supports pupils to learn more about climate change and for schools to reduce their carbon emissions. The programme explores the causes and effects of the climate crisis, investigates schools’ carbon footprints and enables pupils to design projects to reduce carbon emissions and inspire climate action. It starts after October half term and runs until the end of the school year. Find out more and sign up yma.! 

Regions they work in: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England 

Mums for Lungs are a grassroots campaign network of people concerned about the impact of air pollution on children’s health. Most of their members are ordinary people with no specialist background in air pollution, who volunteer their time to campaign. Mums for Lungs began as mums on maternity leave in London but have grown to become a network for everyone  – you don’t have to be a parent to get involved and all are welcome, including those outside London. Their wood burning campaign network gathers people from all over the country. Find resources and more information yma.!

Regions they work in: London and Manchester 

Need Inspiration?

Find out how schools around the UK are taking action on climate change

Watch our Webinar on Making Active and Sustainable Travel the Norm for further advice and guidance.

Running order:

  • 0 – 6 mins – Update on Let’s Go Zero and why sustainable travel is important
  • 6 – 20mins – Janet Reeve; Healthy Schools Coordinator, Bishop Wood Junior – Modeshift Stars ‘Primary School of the Year 2021’
  • 20 – 27 mins – Q+A
  • 27 – 46 mins- Cheryl Ford Lyddon, Modeshift STARS Programme Manager
  • 46 mins – end Final Q+A/ closing remarks

Schools are also advised to contact your local authority to see what they offer in terms of support.