Want to start delivering Bikeability Scotland?
Are you from a school that would like to start delivering Bikeability Scotland to pupils? Please follow the steps below.
Local authority schools
- Contact your local co-ordinator
Please contact your local authority coordinator to let them know that you intend to start delivering Bikeability Scotland. You can find your local contact here. They will tell you if there are any procedures to follow before starting the training, e.g. carrying out risk assessments.
- Train up instructors
(a) First you'll need to decide what level of Bikeability you'll be delivering. It depends on the existing ability of the trainees, but as a guide level 1 is often delivered in P5, level 2 in P6, and level 3 in P7-S2.
(b) You will then need to identify people who will train up as instructors. This could be a teacher, teaching assistant, other member of staff at the school, a parent of one of the pupils, or a member of the local community.
Depending on the number of trainees, you may need to get more than one instructor trained in order to meet the instructor-to-trainee ratio requirements below:
Level 1 requires 1 instructor for every 15 trainees.
Level 2 requires 1 instructor for every 8 trainees.
Level 3 requires 2 instructors for every 6 trainees.
(c) Those identified to become instructors will then attend training. There are two types of training courses:
- Cycle Training Assistant - one-day course - for delivering levels 1 and 2
- Cycle Trainer - four-day course - for delivering levels 1, 2 and 3If you plan to train up teaching staff as instructors, your local authority may have funding to provide supply teachers while teachers attend the course. You can find out more about the training courses here, and your local coordinator can tell you when instructor training courses are running.
You may wish to have additional assistants at the training sessions (e.g. people to help with marshalling) who won't go through the training course. Additional assistants cannot be counted as instructors for the purposes of meeting the instructor-to-trainee ratios.
(d) If you're using any volunteers or non-school staff as instructors/additional assistants, your school/local authority may require them to join the PVG scheme before they deliver training, so this would be the next step if this applies in your area.
- Set a date for the training sessions
Once your instructors are trained (and PVG checks have come through, if applicable), you can set dates for the training to take place. The training usually takes place once a week over 6-8 weeks (it will be for your instructor to decide the exact length), and schools tend to deliver it in the warmer months, i.e. August to October, and March to June. Please make sure your volunteer instructors/assistants are able to attend on the dates chosen.
- Order your resources
Ask your local authority contact to send you the resources needed to deliver the training, e.g. handbooks for the pupils. This also includes a parents' guide to Bikeability Scotland, which can be sent home with pupils prior to the training. You can also order resources such as cones and tabards from your local co-ordinator.
- Notify parents/guardians
(a) When you know the dates that the training will be delivered, you'll need to notify parents. Give copies of the Parents' Guide and disclaimer forms to parents/guardians, and ask that the forms are signed and returned before the training.
(b) Tell parents the dates the training will take place, and ask them to make sure their children bring their bikes into school on those dates, and that parents have checked beforehand that the bikes are working ok. This includes checking that the saddle is at the right height and that the tyres are pumped up. You'll also need to ask parents to ensure that pupils have appropriate clothing for the weather that's expected on training days.
Once the training has taken place, pupils are awarded a certificate, which includes feedback about any skills or manoeuvres that they need to practise. There is no pass or fail - pupils are awarded certificates for completing the course and encouraged to practise any areas highlighted on their certificates. Pupils are also given a badge for completing the course.
Some independent schools are supported by their local authority to deliver Bikeability Scotland, and some are supported directly by Cycling Scotland.
- If your school is in one of the following local authorities, please contact us directly at email@example.com if you wish to deliver Bikeability Scotland:
Argyll and Bute
Dumfries & Galloway
- If your school is in one of these local authorities, you are supported by your local authority so please contact them here, before following the steps outlined above: