The school run can be a great time to get some gentle exercise, explore your local surroundings and help reduce congestion. It will also help with your physical and mental wellbeing, with teachers noting that students who walk or cycle to school are more relaxed and alert. 

We can support schools to create a free school travel plan and deliver a range of initiatives to encourage staff and students to consider alternatives modes of travel to school, from walking challenges to journey planning. Your travel plan will show your commitment to active travel and help create a safer, cleaner and more active school community.

Click each box below to find out how we can support your school:

School Travel Plans

Modeshift STARS is a national awards scheme that recognises schools that have shown excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.  

Modeshift STARS is FREE to take part and every school in the country can take part regardless of size, type or location. It provides schools with a travel plan and we can support you through the process.  

To register please visit: 

Why take part? 

  1. Healthier pupils - by encouraging active, healthy lifestyles for young people through more walking and cycling 
  2. Safer pupils - identifying issues and improving the quality of the environment around your school 
  3. Involving the whole school community - children, parents and teachers working together to make a difference 
  4. School Travel Plan - automatic generation of a new School Travel Plan which will deliver significant time and cost savings 
  5. National Accreditation - you will receive the Modeshift STARS plaque, certificate and use of the nationally recognised logo 
  6. The National STARS School Travel Awards - a chance to be considered for the National STARS School Travel Awards 
  7. Changing Behaviour - STARS will provide you with the tools to reduce car use and increase the number of children walking, cycling and using public transport on the journey to and from school. 

Cycle Confidence sessions

Having the confidence to ride the roads is paramount to get more people cycling. To overcome this barrier, we are able to offer your staff and students free places on our cycle confidence sessions which can either be in small groups or 1-1. For more information on this, please visit the cycling section. 

Youth Travel Ambassadors

The Youth Travel Ambassadors (YTA) programme provides young people aged 11 to 19 with the skills and confidence to address transport issues affecting their school community. It is fantastic opportunity for students develop skills in leadership, project management, marketing and promotion, and collecting and analysing data as they research and develop campaigns to change travel behaviour which will have a positive impact in their school. 

For an insight of what this involves, here are some links that explains all about the scheme: 


We are inviting pupils and young people to create a piece of bespoke artwork to inspire others to get more active through healthier, environmentally greener journeys.

An example of this could be the positive changes you have made over the last few weeks with walking or cycling.

For more information on how to enter and prizes available, please click below:

Each winner will receive a copy of the calendar and a framed copy of their artwork, with all winning entries being framed and showcased in a special art exhibition at County Hall, Northallerton. 

 For more information on how to enter and prizes available, please click below: 

Primary competition 

We are inviting primary school pupils to create a piece of artwork to inspire others to get more active through healthier, environmentally greener journeys. 

Overall winner: £50 Shopping Voucher and 5 Runner Up prizes of £25 Shopping Vouchers  

Plus: one overall winner wins a Scooter Pod for their school. 

Primary school art competition poster 

Primary school sustainable travel art entry form  

Artists have until Friday 11th September to submit their artwork. 

Secondary competition 

We are inviting young people to create a piece of bespoke artwork to inspire others to get more active through healthier, environmentally greener journeys. Winning entries will then be made into a 2021 calendar. 

Overall winner: £100 Shopping Voucher and 11 Runner Up prizes of £25 Shopping Vouchers. 

Secondary school calendar competition poster  

Secondary school sustainable travel calendar entry form  

Artists have until Friday 18th September to submit their artwork. 

For more information or support, please contact us here.