Hands-up for active travel

Jonathan presents a cheque to Holywell Village First School Headteacher Mrs Brett and pupils Grace, Lily and Joe.

Schools Go Smarter Active Travel Officers, Jonathan Barlow and Janette Williams, presented prizes to two of the region's schools.

Jonathan presented one of the prizes at a special assembly at Holywell First School in Northumberland.

Janette went to a special assembly at St Robert of Newminster Roman Catholic School in Sunderland to present the other prize.

Every year Schools Go Smarter asks schools across the North East to complete a hands-up survey. The schools do this to record how their pupils and staff travel to school.

Schools Go Smarter uses the data to measure changes in how people travel to school from one year to the next.

The survey asks pupils and staff how they usually travel to school. It also asks how they would prefer to travel to school.

The aim is to find out if people are using active travel (such as walking or cycling) or sustainable travel (such as buses or Metro) to get to school.

Schools Go Smarter wants to help more people to use active and sustainable travel. People like Jonathan and Janette help to educate and encourage schools, parents and children to make small but achievable changes to their journeys each day. This contributes to a longer-term behaviour change.

The two winning schools were drawn at random from the schools that completed a hands-up survey in the autumn.