About this activity
Essential for all STARS schools and nurseries.
Carry out a hands-up survey annually to find out how your staff and pupils travel to and from school, and how they would like to travel. The results will help you to better understand your school’s travel habits and identify areas for improvement.
To apply for or maintain STARS accreditation each academic year, at least 90% of pupils and staff need to take part in an annual survey.
Your borough officer and the STARS team will use the results to calculate your school’s modal shift away from car use, which helps determine your level of STARS accreditation as follows:
Carry out an annual pupil hands-up survey. Carrying out a staff survey is recommended
Carry out an annual pupil and staff hands-up survey. Demonstrate modal shift away from car use, compared with the school’s very first hands-up survey.
Carry out an annual pupil and staff hands-up survey. Demonstrate either:
- A 6% modal shift away from car use, compared with the school’s very first hands-up survey
- At least 90% of the school population travel by sustainable modes such as public transport, cycling or walking
How and when to carry out your annual survey
If your school or nursery has carried out your annual hands-up survey in a previous academic year, we recommend you conduct your annual survey in a short time period. Ideally, all surveys should take place on the same day. If this is not possible, please ensure they are completed within the same week.
School travel plan champions - find a guide to setting up a ‘hands-up survey group on STARS Online’ in the resources section of this card. This takes you step-by-step through how to capture and log your schools survey data on the system.
Please note: You do not need to complete the ‘Tell your story’ page, this page is for guidance only.
How it helps
- Supports all STARS travel activities
- Demonstrates the success of activities
- Encourages class participation and team work