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Bikeability training booking procedure for schools

Each year, junior schools in Medway are offered the chance to book free cycliPhoto of children on bikeability trainingst training courses that meet level two of the National Standard for Cyclist Training.

The Bikeability training is being funded by a grant from the Department for Transport (DfT), and training is being delivered to National Standards as stipulated by the DfT.

Courses for the next academic year begin in September 2013.

Level 2 training normally consists of five consecutive morning sessions or five consecutive afternoon sessions, each session lasting up to two hours. There is a maximum of 12 and a minimum of eight pupils per course.

Children must be aged 10 years or older, which is why the council offers this service initially to Year 6. If any school would like to do more to promote cycling to school, however, Year 5 pupils can be trained, provided they meet the minimum age requirement.

There is no limit to the number of courses that may be booked but because of the demand for courses in the summer months, it is recommended that bookings are made early, even if schools are unsure of the number of pupils requiring training the following year. Bookings will be dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis. To do this, please complete and return the booking form by email or post to the address on the form.

Confirmations will be sent out by email back to schools within four weeks of the council receiving the booking form.

As Level 2 courses are designed to develop on-road cycling skills and not to teach basic skills, it is a course entry requirement that all pupils are able to demonstrate the Level 1 skills at the beginning of the course. Please download the Level 1 Assessment Form and use it as an aid to select course participants, as this will often prevent unnecessary disappointment through the removal of a pupil part way through the course.

This skills list may be sent home for parents and/or pupils to assess a few weeks before the course. Should a school wish to carry out Level 1 assessments or instruction, the Integrated Transport Team can provide advice and materials on request.

When sending invitations to parents and carers to apply for places on the course, the consent form, helmet advice and "Know about your bike" sheets must be included with the letter of invitation. The completed consent forms must be given to the instructors before the start of each course, otherwise pupils will be unable to take part.

Pupils who do not meet the assessment criteria for Level 1 or who have a bike that the instructors consider unsafe for road use will be removed from the course.

The wearing of helmets on the course is strongly recommended.

All pupils who achieve Bikeability Level 2 will receive a badge and a certificate.

Any queries related to this should be sent to the Integrated Transport team at bikeability@medway.gov.uk

Downloadable information for schools

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This information is primarily for use by staff in Medway schools who need the forms for the cycle training course.