zenzinnia wrote:Bikeability level 2 has roughly replaced the old Cycle Proficiency Test.
There is a growing interest in cycle training in schools and the Government has recently announced the grants to Councils to implement Bikeability level 2 training to kids in their final year of Primary School. Unfortunately this money can only be used to pay for trainers for these pupils (no admin, no adult training, no co-ordinating officer, no secondary school pupils etc - although these points are being fed back to Gov.).
Cycle training in schools can be done by teachers (who can also be trained to do it) or by trainers who have done the Bikeability course (4 days). One area where this training can be fitted in is within the new framework for sports. This aims to give every child 5 hours of exercise/PE/sport a week - 2hrs in school time and 3 out of them or in the community. There is also a provision within this framework to get kids who aren’t particularly sport orientated to do activities too, and cycling seems ideal for this. Anyone trying to 'get into' schools to promote cycle training could try this avenue (best to find the local school that is designated as the 'specialist sports college' or whatever. This will act as a hub for a 'cluster' of other schools (School Sports Partnership) and a dedicated co-ordinator).
Schools should also be putting cycle training in their School Travel Plans. Often it is the head teacher who is the big hurdle. They see cycling to school as inherently dangerous and will not allow it - even some schools that have gone through Safer Routes. Each school really needs to tackle it their own way. Some will be happy to get teachers doing training whilst others will need trainers bought in. There should be someone co-ordinating cycle training in schools at the County/ Unitary Council. Whilst there is an argument that says parents who want to get their kids trained will pay for it/ do it themselves - this does leave a lot of kids who won't get any assistance.
There are lots of other things going on at the moment such as Go Ride which links local cycle clubs up to schools to provide a path into cycle sport for school kids, the forthcoming 'Bike Clubs', Sustrans excellent 'Bike It' and ASDA's Pedal Power campaign as well as many local initiatives through councils, Community & Learning Partnerships, Local Strategic Partnerships and independent groups. After such a long time of no input and hitting heads a against a brick wall to get anything suddenly everyone is interested and the wall is not just having a few bricks removed but is being smashed apart by one of those big wrecking balls! It's now up to parents to put pressure on schools, teachers to latch on to the opportunities, Heads to get on board and kids to cycle.
Why on earth should teachers have to go and be cycle trainers as well.
It is not the case that heads are the big hurdle just becasuse they can't be bothered but because this government puts out all these great ideas but don't provide the funding or time.
I am involved with Go Ride with my cycling club and we have had support with using a local schools grounds but the school cannot afford to send staff onto the training course and why should they anyway. How many members of staff would need to be trained anyway.
Schools have to abide with pupil staff ratios when providing these activities. Would anyone on here want to run and supervise cycle training to classes of 30 children by themslves.
it should mainly be the parents to sort this out, if they cant be bothered why should others.
How do you overcome the issue of children who don't have bikes. The problem is the same as those whose parents can't or won't pay for any training which is felt that children need.
The training point in itself is something I don't neccessarily agree is neccessary to have so called accredited trainers.
It should still be up to parents to do it however they feel is the best way.