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.
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 2018 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 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.