6 week step-by-step guide


Before starting the challenge, take a look at our fantastic free resource Increasing Active Travel to School - a six-week, step-by-step guide. The guide contains ideas and activities to help you prepare for the challenge.

We have a selection of promotional posters and web banners to help you publicise the Big Shift at your school - click on the links below to download.

Primary school posters (PDFs, approx 1MB)
Walking, Scooting, Cycling and Walking, Cycling 1, Cycling 2

Secondary school posters (PDFs, approx 1MB)
Walking, Cycling 1, Cycling 2, Cycling 3

Web and email banners
The Big Shift is happening Small, Medium, Large
We're making the Big Shift Small, Medium, Large


You will need to complete a baseline data survey before you start the challenge as we use this information to calculate your targets. Click here for a survey you can use. If you already have this data from a survey carried out in the past 6 months then you can use that, as long as it used the exact same question and possible answers.


Use our Power Point presentation to introduce The Big Shift in your school. It can be used before or after completing your baseline data survey.


Provide your pupils with their own certificate to congratulate them on taking part on all five days of The Big Shift.

Editable version

Blank version


When taking part in The Big Shift, record the total number of journeys made by your class or school on our wallchart. Pupils can also record their journeys individually on our pupil record card.

Age 5 - 7 individual pupil record card (PDFs, print double sided and cut into four separate cards, approx 3MB)

Age 8 - 11 individual pupil record card (PDFs, print double sided and cut into four separate cards, approx 3MB)

Wallchart (PDF, can be printed A4, A3 or A2, approx 0.5 MB)

Self-inking stampers and a selection of other great products to help you promote active and sustainable travel to school are available on . All profits go to support the work of Sustrans.

Use our press release template to promote your schools activities during The Big Shift to local press. Please edit the information to make it relevant for your school. This is a Microsoft Word document.

Suss It Out is a set of five themed activity sheets, each with 10, 20 and 30-minute simple, snappy activities to inspire action and discussion on active travel. The five themes are Being Healthy, Exploring, Looking After Your World, Staying Safe and Future Journeys.

All of the activities are designed to fit in any part of a busy school day with no special resources or preparation necessary.


Sustrans' Superheroes is an individual award scheme aimed at 7- to 11-year-olds which recognises pupils' skills and achievements in walking, scooting and cycling. Based on a booklet of activities, the scheme provides the structure and inspiration for children to learn and practice the skills essential for fun, safe and sustained active travel to school and for other journeys. For more information, visit


For further information on these resources and for other opportunities to promote active travel in your school, please get in touch with us: 0117 915 0100 or email