PLANNING TOOL TO GET PUPILS TO HELP THEIR SCHOOLSDEVELOP NEW TRAVEL PLANS
A new planning tool has been launched to help schools meet the 2009 target to have an approved travel plan.
[UKPRwire, Thu Apr 26 2007] Following criticism by the London Assembly’s Transport Committee that still too many children in the capital travel to school by car, a new planning tool has been launched to help schools meet the 2009 target to have an approved travel plan.
The tool forms part of Health Passport, a data collection system created to assist teachers and schools in the delivery of, and demonstrating evidence for ‘Healthy Schools’ and ‘Every Child Matters’ programmes. It is designed for use with children aged six years and older to promote PSHE, physical activity, healthy eating and emotional health and wellbeing in the school setting.
As part of the programme, children will be encouraged to record information about their journeys to school – whether they travel by car, by train, by bus or on foot. Although the school will not be able to access records of individual pupils, it will instantly give the management team a snapshot of the travel habits of the school community, by class, by year, by gender or by whole school. This information can be used to inform the school’s travel planning and further snapshots at regular intervals will assess whether plans are succeeding or not.
“This aspect of Health Passport helps schools assess, for example, how many pupils are making short, perhaps unnecessary, car journeys to school and how many are making longer, perhaps unavoidable car journeys and plan accordingly,” explains Bram van Asselt of Sportplan, the company which has developed Health Passport.
‘Not only can schools use the data to frame a travel plan, but in the case of one school we know about, they can use the information to seek local authority funding for a covered bus shelter outside the school.’
In its report, the London Assembly Transport Committee said progress on tackling the car school-run in London had been "disappointingly slow. It claimed that only 33.9% of primary schools had made plans to encourage pupils to get to classes without a car journey by the end of 2006, which it said was below the 40% average for the rest of England.
Travel is just one element of the Health Passport, which aims to motivate children through achievement certificates and encouraging parental involvement. Pupils are encouraged by their teachers to record information, views and feelings in an online diary on an ongoing basis. It looks at subjects as diverse as whether they feel happy or sad, how much exercise they take, and what they eat. Teachers can then log on and explore the data for a class, a year group or the whole school – but not for individual pupils. Parents or guardians, however, can receive a confidential email weekly outlining for them what their child has recorded on the system, so they can pick up on whether their child has recorded any worrying emotions or problems.
Teachers are using the information they gain for discussion in class and to introduce pupils to complex issues on nutrition, aspirations, friendship, and changing views to school itself.
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Sportplan offers a range of interactive online sports coaching programmes for use from school through to elite athlete level. The resources enable coaches and teachers to achieve the best for their players and teams through use of online libraries incorporating thousands of Flash animated practice drills, from which teachers can create, save and edit their own coaching sessions or lessons.
In addition, Sportplan has also developed Health Passport, a data collection system created to assist teachers and schools in the delivery of, and demonstrating evidence for ‘Healthy Schools’ and ‘Every Child Matters’ programmes. It is designed for use with children aged six years and older to promote PSHE, physical activity, healthy eating and emotional health and wellbeing in the school setting.