Hands Up Scotland Survey

Established in 2008, the Hands Up Scotland Survey looks at how pupils across Scotland travel to school and is the largest national dataset on school travel.  

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 in class 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 2017 results coming soon

Please note we will publish the 2017 Hands Up Scotland Survey results on Thursday, 24 May 2018.

Hands Up Scotland Survey 2016 results

The National Results Summary Report, National Results and Statistical News Release were reissued on 21 June 2017, due to an omission of a small number of schools in two local authorities, Clackmannanshire and East Lothian. Values from the previous publication of the report (25 May 2017) have been updated to include primary school pupils omitted in error. This has had a minor impact on national mode share and response rates, as well as a minor impact on mode share and response rates at the primary school level.  These reissued documents supersede any previous versions that you may have accessed.

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 Survey data request

Hands Up Scotland Survey results are available at a national, local authority and school level.  Users of the Hands Up Scotland Survey Official Statistic that would like to undertake more detailed analyses for a specific project, where the national level documents do not provide the required information or format, may submit a data request to the Hands Up Scotland Survey team.

Previous surveys

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