Active School Travel in Northern Ireland

The Active School Travel Programme is an exciting initiative for schools who wish to see more of their pupils choosing an active and healthy journey to school.

Sustrans is being funded by the Department for Infrastructure and the Public Health Agency to continue delivering the Active School Travel Programme across Northern Ireland until 2021. Currently our Schools Team is working with over 340 schools.

I have been involved in numerous programmes over my twenty-five years of teaching and this one has been the best so far.

- Teacher from participating school

Increasing the number of children who regularly walk, cycle or scoot to school has numerous benefits including:

  • increased physical activity levels resulting in improved health and well-being
  • reduced congestion and pollution around schools 
  • improved academic performance and attendance rates
  • increased road safety awareness
  • increased confidence, self-esteem and independence for young people.

This initiative provides schools with a planned programme of activities throughout the year, both in and out of the classroom, as well as direct hands-on support from a dedicated Sustrans Active Travel Officer. The fundamental aim of the programme is providing schools with the skills and knowledge to get more children walking, cycling and scooting as their main mode of transport to school.

Sustrans’ Active School Travel Programme is a fantastic initiative. Not only does it benefit the children's health but it's also fun and enjoyable for the children.

- Teacher from participating school

Take a look at the exciting results that the Active School Travel Programme is achieving [pdf 1.31MB]

At the end of the 2017-18 school year, the number of children walking, cycling and scooting to school at participating schools increased from 34% to 44%. At the same time, the number of pupils being driven to school fell from 58% to 47%.  

How your school can join the Active School Travel Programme

We are currently closed for recruitment, and have allocated all our places for September 2019. We will open again for applications in January 2020, for the academic year beginning September 2020. 

If you would like to express an interest in your school joining the AST programme in 2020, please email [email protected] or call 028 9043 4569. We will ensure that you receive an application pack when recruitment opens. 

Check out our most recent Active School Travel Newsletters - Spring Term 2019

Contact us to find out more about our programme for schools in Northern Ireland

Check out our range of free resources, events and guidance for teachers to help you make active journeys to school easy, fun and inspiring

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