Award criteria

outstanding level

To be classed as 'outstanding' a school must have met all criteria for both the 'sustainable' and 'higher standards' levels and their plan must be at the review stage or beyond. The school should be able to demonstrate an impressive level of participation in sustainable travel initiatives complimented by an innovative approach to its travel plan and related actions, consultation and monitoring. An 'outstanding' school is an exceptional school.

The left-hand column of all criteria indicates the links to Every Child Matters and where these elements should be included in the self-evaluation form. Each criterion applies to SEN schools unless otherwise stated.

Part one

School travel plan document

Details should be provided to confirm that the document contains the relevant information required for 'sustainable' and 'higher standards' levels

Research, monitoring and evaluation

Annual reviews of the plan take place and results are recorded for each year and reported on (include with submission)
Reviews of the plan have provided evidence of modal shift away from the car
SEF 2c The school travel plan is part of the school's improvement plan (SIP) and is reviewed as part of this process
The school travel plan is referred to in the school's self-evaluation form (SEF)
If the original plan is over three years old, a new travel plan has been written and approved


SEF 2c The whole school community is aware of the existence of a travel plan and its aims and objectives and evidence of this is provided
SEF 2a, 2b Residents and neighbours are aware of the travel plan
ECM 4.3 / 4.3.4 / 4.2 / 5.3.4 Pupils have a role in updating the school travel plan. This can be done through the student council
The travel plan is discussed at the governors' annual general meeting

Action plan and targets

Actions are relevant for the current year
Targets have been met and/or exceeded
Further targets have been set if necessary
ECM 4.3.4 Pupils (student councils or particular groups) are responsible for a number of actions within the action plan
Other supporting information may be provided


The school has identified and obtained other sources of funding aside from that available from Transport for London and the local authority


SEF 3c The school has provided evidence that sustainable travel has been incorporated into the curriculum in a number of subject areas


The school promotes the travel plan and related sustainable initiatives through a variety of means

ECM 2.1 / 3.1 / 1.1
SEF 2c
A school travel plan summary is included in the school prospectus
ECM 2.1 / 3.1 / 1.1
SEF 2c
A school travel plan summary is available on the school website
ECM 2.1 / 3.1 / 1.1
SEF 2c
The school's transport achievements have featured in the local press and copies are provided for reference
Other supporting information can be provided

Part two

There should be evidence that the school has gone beyond the criteria outlined in 'higher standards', however it is recognised that schools will not be able to excel in all categories.

The school should demonstrate that it has exceeded expectations in at least one of the following categories:

  • Walking initiatives
  • Cycling initiatives
  • Car sharing initiatives
  • Public transport initiatives

(ECM 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 / 1.6 / 1.2.6 / 1.3.3)

Part three

Further initiatives the school is implementing:

Road safety initiatives

ECM 2.1 / 2.2 The school should demonstrate an excellent level of road safety education and training

The school meets all of the following criteria.

Partnership initiatives

ECM 2.4
SEF 1b
The school can demonstrate partnership work with Road Safety Officers (from the local council)
ECM 2.4
SEF 1b
The school can demonstrate partnership work with the Police (eg Safer Neighbourhood Teams)
SEF 1b The school is working towards or has obtained National Healthy Schools Standard
SEF 1b The school can demonstrate partnership work with Schools Sports Coordinators (from the local council)
SEF 1b The school has applied for the London Mayor's Environment Award or is an Eco School
SEF 1b If the school cannot meet all of the criteria in this section, it can demonstrate and provide evidence of other effective partnerships which support the school travel plan

Part four

To be implemented by the School Travel Advisor

Information from all surveys have been recorded on the Itrace monitoring database by the School Travel Adviser. The school travel plan and reviews and/or a new updated travel plan (if the original is over three years old) have been signed off by the Assistant Director (or above) of Transportation and Assistant Director (or above) of Families and Children's Services

Part five

Please provide any additional information not included within the criteria to support your application. This section is optional