Why Walk to School?

Walking to school has many benefits for pupils, parents and society as a whole.

Promoting these benefits can help persuade more families to walk – different benefits will appeal to different people. What would work at your school?

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Regular exercise makes children healthier and reduces risk of obesity which can lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other health issues.

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Road Sense

By walking to school children gain road-sense and are able to learn about risk and therefore how to look after themselves and be safe.

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Ready to learn

Walking to school helps children to feel more wide awake for the start of the school day and therefore more ready to learn.

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Good mental health

Research shows that walking helps children sleep well and be less stressed which makes them happier.

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By reducing the number of cars travelling to school, the roads in the area become safer for everyone, especially around the school gates.

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Social and Independent

Walking to school is sociable for children and helps them become more independent and gives them a chance to feel the benefits of walking so they are then encouraged to walk every day.

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Is reduced if more children walk. Air quality and particulate matter are especially relevant in our cities.

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Attendance and punctuality

Some walk to school schemes can lead to improved attendance and punctuality which leads to improved learning.

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Happy neighbours

The more children who walk, the fewer cars there will be blocking neighbours’ drives and causing frustration.

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Start young

Regular walking from a young age means children grow up with this good healthy habit for life.