A study recently undertaken by the California Department of Education shows a direct link between academic achievement and the physical fitness of school pupils. Nine in ten teachers in a recent Department for Transport survey consider that the walk to school makes children brighter, more alert and ready for the first class of the day
Walk to School for Experience
Young people starting secondary school are less likely to be involved in road accidents if they have previous experience of walking to school, says a report from the AA. Many eleven and twelve year olds are reluctant to let their parents take them to their new school despite usually having to travel further and cross unfamiliar roads. Previous experience of walking to school with parents, or even a group of friends, provides invaluable experience enabling children to cope with being on the roads by themselves.
Walk to School to Combat Obesity and Improve Fitness
In a study by Roger L Mackett of the Centre for Transport Studies, University College London it was seen that, on average, children use more calories travelling to and from school than they would from two hours of PE. The younger children who walk use about 75% of the number of calories travelling to and from school that they would from two hours of PE. The older children use over one third more in walking than they do in two hours of PE, especially the boys. The children who travel by car use about half the calories travelling to and from school than they would in two hours of PE.
Walk to School because it’s What Children Want
Walk to School for Financial and Social Benefits
The school run can mean significant cost implications, with families spending over £300 annually on the drive to school in petrol costs and wear and tear to the average car. Children who walk to school learn more about their local environment - they find out who their neighbours are and make friends as they chat to other children on the way to school.