Modeshift STARS – promoting active and sustainable travel in Somerset’s schools

Modeshift STARS – promoting active and sustainable travel in Somerset’s schools

Posted: Thu, 28 Oct 2021 13:00

Modeshift STARS – promoting active and sustainable travel in Somerset’s schools

A national scheme designed to promote cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable and active travel is coming to schools in Somerset.

Somerset County Council and Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) have teamed up with Modeshift STARS to offer schools in the area the opportunity to be recognised for supporting environmentally sustainable travel through the Modeshift STARS Education Accreditation Programme.

Modeshift STARS is the nationally recognised scheme supported by the Department for Transport. It allows schools to achieve Green, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum STAR awards for encouraging staff, pupils and parents to switch to greener ways of travelling to and from school.

The Modeshift STARS scheme will provide schools with tools to encourage a reduction in car use as well as recognition for addressing climate change and promoting more environmentally friendly and safer travel to school.

There are health benefits for pupils too as the scheme encourages active, healthy lifestyles for young people through more walking, cycling and scooting.

A national, standard School Travel Plan will be created which schools can add to their websites and there will be a chance for schools to be considered for the Regional and National STARS School Travel Awards.

Cllr Clare Paul, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health, said:

"As a Council we are delighted be working with our partners at Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership to promote this valuable scheme to schools in Somerset.

We hope that schools sign up and use the scheme to help cut down on pollution and congestion on our roads in towns and villages across the County. We want to encourage everyone to think about active travel for their child or children's journey to school.

There are many ways to adopt more convenient, affordable and greener ways of getting to school, such as walking, cycling and scooting, to name a few.

And for those who are travelling from further afield, there may be opportunities to set up a Park and Stride scheme, parking away from the school and walking the remaining distance."

Jane Knowles, SASP Chief Executive Officer said:

"Modeshift Stars education scheme is a great way for schools across Somerset to generate an active travel plan, putting a real focus on physical activity for children and families. We hope Modeshift will help to support schools to be more environmentally friendly in their local community and we are delighted to have partnered with Somerset County Council on this initiative. Data shows us that reducing levels of air pollution by 20% could have a positive impact on children's ability to learn, so encouraging active travel is really important to SASP."

Schools can find more information on the Somerset Modeshift STARS webpage including handy guides on why and how to sign up and get started.

Schools can also register here.

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Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    Somerset CCG
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
  • Channel Adventure
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK