STARS events and key dates
TfL and Borough STARS events
Both TfL and the Royal Borough host events throughout the year, TfL host their STARS workshops and Top Schools Awards in November and December, and the Royal Borough hosts Junior Travel Ambassador (JTA) training sessions in October, STARS teacher workshops in June/July, and the calendar competition celebration event.
JTA training sessions provide pupils with resources (including bags, guides and badges) and everything they need to know about their role, whilst our STARS teacher workshops provide School Travel Champions with an opportunity to learn more about STARS and a dedicated time to work on their own school travel plans. This includes uploading stories, entering hands-up survey data, and creating the school travel plan, all directly supported by the borough officer.
Information about these TfL and borough workshops and training sessions will be provided throughout the year by the Sustainable Travel Team, including details on how to book a place. If you’re unable to attend any borough events, just contact us and we can arrange for your borough officer to meet you and/or your JTA’s directly at your school for a session. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to organise this.
Key dates and planning activities
|Event||Date||Recommended STARS activities|
|Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Road Safety and School Travel Calendar Competition||Summer Holiday Activity – deadline: October||School pupils can engage in this fun competition where they design a themed picture (road safety/active travel) that they can submit as an entry into our Calendar Competition, which can be entered as a STARS activity story under ‘Other Travel Competition’|
|UK Road Safety Week||18 - 24 November||Host a 'Be Bright Be Seen' stall at your school to distribute hi-visibility items and educational leaflets; host a ‘brighten your bag’ competition; book a ‘Theatre in Education’ session including ‘Way to Go’ (for years 3-4) and ‘Chicken!’ (for years 5-6). You can contact us to book these for your school|
|International Walk to School Month||October (every year)||Your school can host a ‘step counting week’ or other walking challenge for pupils/staff (we can provide your school with free pedometers) and engage with the ‘Walk Once a Week’ (WOW) Living Streets challenge.|
|Walk to School Week||18 - 22 May 2020|
Engage with RBKC’s Walking Trail, which involves going on an exciting walking trip and using a map to search for themed cut-outs that are located around the borough. Pupils who find the most cut-outs can submit their record sheets to us to enter a competition for various prizes
|Clean Air Day||20 June|
Your school can celebrate national Clean Air Day and/or its own ‘Air Quality Day’, including hosting car free days; informing parents about idling and supporting the anti-idling campaign; and doing an air quality investigation (use our Air Quality Toolkit to help with this).
|International Car-free Day||22 September (every year)||Plan a car-free day once a year or term to prompt your school community to engage with other sustainable travel methods and potentially change their travel habits for good – visit the World Car Free Day website for more information and ideas.|
|Recycle Week||23 - 29 September||The Royal Borough of Kensngton and Chelsea will be hosting a sustainable travel themed bottle-cap design competition for Recycle Week 2019, and we encourage all schools to take part. This could be uploaded as a STARS story as an ‘other’ activity, dependent on the chosen theme.|