Published: 24th MAY 2019

Hands Up Scotland Survey

The Hands Up Scotland Survey looks at how pupils across Scotland travel to school and nursery. Established in 2008, the survey has been providing an insight into journeys to school for more than a decade and is the largest national dataset on school travel.

pupils in classroom raising their hands

HUSS 2019 dates

The HUSS 2019 survey took place between Monday 9 and Friday 13 September. The survey results will be released in the Spring of 2020.

About the Hands Up Scotland Survey

The project is funded by Transport Scotland and is a joint survey between Sustrans and all 32 Scottish local authorities.

Each September, schools across Scotland complete the survey by asking their pupils ‘How do you normally travel to school?’. Local authority officers distribute the survey to schools and return pupil responses to our Research and Monitoring Unit for overall collation, analysis and reporting.

A Parliamentary Order was passed designating Sustrans as Official Statistics Providers in the production of Hands Up Scotland on 1 June 2012. Sustrans is currently engaged in the process of confirming voluntary compliance with the requirements for National Statistics status.

The results provide a valuable annual snapshot of school travel and are used by Sustrans, Transport Scotland and other groups to inform policy areas, monitor trends in school travel over time, and provide information relevant to a variety of health, transport and education initiatives. 

Hands Up Scotland Survey data request

The Hands Up Scotland Survey team also produces reports containing information at a school level for local authorities.

To access these local authority reports to aid more in-depth analyses for a specific project or purpose, please submit a data request to the Hands Up Scotland Survey team.

Download the Hands Up Scotland Survey Data Request Form.

Sharing of school-level data is at the discretion of the relevant local authority and Sustrans’ Research and Monitoring Unit.

Usual turnaround period for a simple dataset request is two to three weeks. More complex requests may take longer. 

Your submitted data request will be processed in accordance with the Hands Up Scotland Data Request Guidelines Terms and Conditions.

If you encounter any problems in submitting your data request, please contact the Hands Up Scotland Survey team.

Hands Up Scotland Survey Results

Hands Up Scotland 2018
Statistical News Release.pdf 24 May 2019
National Results Summary.pdf 24 May 2019
National Results.xls 24 May 2019

Hands Up Scotland 2017 
Statistical News Release.pdf 24 May 2018
National Results Summary.pdf 24 May 2018
National Results.xls 24 May 2018

Hands Up Scotland 2016
Statistical News Release.pdf 21 June 2017
National Results Summary.pdf 21 June 2017
National Results.xls 21 June 2017

Hands Up Scotland 2015
Statistical News Release.pdf 26 May 2016
National Results Summary.pdf 26 May 2016
National Results.xls 26 May 2016

Hands Up Scotland 2014
Statistical News Release.pdf 29 May 2015
National Results Summary.pdf 29 May 2015
National Results.xls 29 May 2015

Hands Up Scotland 2013
Statistical News Release.pdf 30 May 2014
National Results Summary.pdf 30 May 2014
National Results.xls 30 May 2014

Hands Up Scotland 2012
National Results Summary.pdf 31 May 2013
National Results.xls 31 May 2013

Hands Up Scotland 2011
National Results Summary.pdf 5 Jul 2012
National Results.xls 5 Jul 2012

Hands Up Scotland 2010
National Results Summary.pdf 16 May 2011
Local Authority Results Appendix.pdf 16 May 2011

Hands Up Scotland 2009
National Results Report.pdf 20 May 2010

Hands Up Scotland 2008
National Results Summary.pdf 30 Apr 2009
National Results Report.pdf 30 Apr 2009

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