Information for schools
Much has been done to improve the cycle training offered to primary school children in recent years, the most significant development being the introduction of Bikeability, in 2007, which supercedes the somewhat outdated Cycling Proficiency Test. Gone are the days when children would wobble around a few cones in the schoolyard, receive a badge, and then be expected to cope in traffic. We still use cones, we still award badges, but contemporary training involves a highly structured learning programme delivered over 8 hours, 6 of which are undertaken beyond the school gates.
Bikeability is delivered through a regional network of Registered Scheme providers. To receive accreditation, organisations must comply with the terms and conditions stipulated by the Department for Transport. This ensures that registered providers deliver training to nationally recognized standards and all relevant policies regarding Health and Safety, Public Liability and Child Protection are upheld. National Standard Instructors (NSIs) are fully trained and accredited, carry enhanced CRB disclosure and have current First Aid Certification,
Course delivery and timetable
The course is delivered over four sessions, each lasting approximately two hours, and is usually arranged to fall on the same day of two consecutive weeks. Special arrangements may be more practical towards the end of term.
We aim to start at 10:00 AM, break for lunch and reconvene following afternoon registration. Children return to school for 3:00 PM.
In our experience, this schedule accords well with the school timetable, providing a meaningful hour before the morning session and time at the end of the day for children to reorganize before home time. In addition, we avoid the worst of the day's congestion both to and from school
What to expect on training day
The following represents a typical breakdown of the day's events. Please note that on Day 1, the morning session will take place on the school playground. To minimize disruption to your school's routine, break times can be observed, if required.
9:45 Instructors arrive, present photo ID and sign in. As this is Day 1, we will ask for consent forms to work up a register. A static risk assessment will be carried out for the training area
10:00 Instructors meet the children (usually in class) and take a register. Following a brief introduction, the lead instructor will normally take a few minutes to explain the course and establish some basic ground rules.
10:10 Children are escorted to the training area, and then split into smaller groups. Individuals will remain in their assigned groups for the duration of the course, unless Instructors consider it necessary to make changes to avoid conflict between certain characters. Introductions and familiarities
10:15 Trainees are shown how to fit helmets and perform a basic bike safety check. Instructors will then carry out a comprehensive inspection of each bike to ensure suitability and undertake any minor adjustments or repairs where possible.
Essential skills are introduced in a logical sequence, to include all aspects of bike handling and control. Each exercise is discussed in relation to the road environment, with ample opportunity for trainees to field questions
Level 1 concludes with a briefing on the programme for the afternoon's session. Ground rules are reiterated and any individual concerns addressed.
Assuming all outcomes have been achieved, any time remaining will be spent honing skills and techniques through informal games, competitions and cycle-related activities.
12:00 Break for lunch
Following afternoon registration groups leave the school premises and are escorted to a predetermined site to begin Level 2 training. Instructors will have identified suitable roads and routes in advance.
3:00 Trainees return to school.
Note that on Day 2, trainees will be out of school for both sessions
Each trainee receives a badge on successful completion of the course.
If your school has yet to participate in Bikeability please visit the official website to find out what's involved and see how your Year 5 and 6 pupils will benefit from the training.
If you are a previous recipient, and wish to continue provision, we will contact you in the first instance with a list of preferred dates. Further information will be sent out directly. Once a booking has been made, we will contact you prior to the start of the course to confirm numbers. If you foresee any problems or wish to discuss alternative arrangements, please get in touch.
Points to note
Safety is our prime concern and Instructors are not predisposed to compromise for the sake of inclusion. If a trainee is considered to be unready for Level 2 training, the Instructor will explain their decision to the child and notify the teacher at the end of the first session.
Good Group Management is prerequisite for enjoyable, effective training, Any individual (s) whose conduct is considered to be dangerous, disruptive or inappropriate may be dismissed at any time during the course. We appreciate your co-operation in this regard
Members of school staff are not required to accompany groups at any stage during proceedings. If you consider this necessary, however, please be aware that during Level 2 we will be traveling around the locale and distances covered can be appreciable. Teachers wishing to accompany groups are welcome to bring their own bike.
At Sporting NRG, we train in such a way that participants spend the majority of their time riding, with regular breaks to explain procedures and practices en route. Trainees will be expected to demonstrate their understanding and awareness by continued application of the riding techniques they have acquired.
It is our firmly held belief that this method of training is particularly effective for the intended age group, as children are seldom given the opportunity to spend such time in an environment to which they are generally unaccustomed. In short, the more time spent riding, the greater their experience .
As a registered cycle training provider we have a duty of care to participants, employees and members of the public, to ensure risk is properly managed. Details of our policies and procedures are available on request.
Let us know what you think
Sporting NRG is committed to continuous improvement; your views, and especially those of the children, are invaluable in helping us to provide the best possible service. Bikeability is a great opportunity for youngsters to acquire essential road safety skills, but the process needn't be a logistical nightmare for your school. We welcome your feedback following the course.
The guidelines for Instructor/trainee ratios are predetermined by the Cycle Training Standards Board. In order to maintain these ratios, it is vital for us to know how many children will be in attendance, well in advance of the start date. Please be aware that we operate in several schools on any given day and will have allocated staff according to the numbers you have provided.
absolutely brilliant from start to finish....very child friendly....the Instructors are a credit to your organisation....the children asked me if they can do it every week because they enjoyed it so much...
Brent Richards Yr 6 Teacher, Blackrod Primary School, Bolton