Best Project under £1,000

Scooter Skills Club & Scooter Licence for Primary aged Children

Saint Mary Magdalene CoE Primary School (Peninsula) The School Travel Plan champion in the school set up a scooter after school club to help children learn how to make the most out of their scooters as well as ensure that they are using them safely. During the course the children learned about different type of scooters, maintenance, scooter skills and how to scoot safely. Each course ran for a half term and in the last session the children had to do a scooter test and if they passed they'd received a Scooter Licence.

Local Authority contact details

Camilla Olofsson Royal Borough of Greenwich, London Tel: 0208 921 8190 Annual leave 27 July to 4 Sep 2017

Who was involved & what was their role?

Kyla Butterworth, the School Travel Plan Champion at Saint Mary Magdalene CoE Primary School (Peninsula) developed and delivered the training programme to all year groups in the school. The school is a new site and only have Reception, Years 1 and 2 (year 3 from Sep 2017). The training started in January 2017 and to-date 60% (108 children) of the children have received the training.

Details of cost budget, sources of funding

The learning resource was produced on PowerPoint so the the only cost involved was printing of learning sheets and scooter licences which was done in school, this was achieved <£100. Optional: To scope if there is a need/interest for scooter training a scooter breakfast can be organised. This can be delivered with a budget between £50-£200 depending on no of children and/or type of breakfast.

How was it developed?

The school had arranged a Wheelie Breakfast in the autumn to promote biking and scooting to encourage active and sustainable travel. The success of it indicated that scooting was really popular but also highlighted that promoting safe scooting would be a good idea. Therefore Kyla, the STP Champion contacted Camilla Olofsson, the STP Co-ordinator for the Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG), for the possibility of booking scooter training. In the past RBG had provided scooter training but Camilla explained that this year the resources had been re-allocated to give way to new initiatives. However, Camilla suggested the school could deliver the training themselves and provided Kyla with some guidance notes. Rather than feeling demoted by this Kyla was inspired to develop her own training programme, this is very typical Kyla - she sees opportunities rather than obstacles. So she used the notes and information she could find on the internet to produce her own learning resource.

What was the outcome, including information on future plans - one-off, on-going, develop further?

The scooter training have resulted in an increase in scooter safety skills among scooter club members and licence holders; and provided pupils as well as parents with great confidence. It has also created a sense of community within the school and each course have been over prescribed and scooter license holders are very proud of their achievement. They have achieved the following measurable outcomes: • A sensational 2% modal share for single car use • 31% modal share for scooting The scooter training will continue to run throughout the next few years and the aim is to ensure that the majority of children receive scooter skills training. It is also something that has been shared with the federation to be used across the different St Mary Magdalene CoE campuses. In May 2017 Kyla shared her experience and best practice with other schools in a STARS workshop for Greenwich schools which inspired other schools to plan delivery of this training in 2017/18.

How does this initiative or project meet the criteria?

This is a creative version of a scooter training course that provide the children with both theoretical and practical skills. The practical test provide feedback that helps in monitoring progress and limitations of riders. The scooter licence works as an incentive which has helped raising the interest and engagement. It is cost effective as it's only staff time, and in many schools it is now expected that you deliver after school clubs, and a little bit of printing cost. The low cost of the programme makes it sustainable. As the training programme has been developed and documented a new member of staff can pick it up and run it if needed and it can also easily be adopted by other schools. The success can be monitored by the practical test and progress monitoring. It can also be measured positive changes in modal share for scooting as it would be fair to suggest scooting would increase by improving scooter skills among children and boost their parents' confidence in their skills.

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