Recognising Best Practice in Sustainable School Travel

What is Modeshift STARS?

Online Platform
Accreditation Framework
National School Travel Awards

Modeshift STARS is the national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people. Every school in England (outside of London) can participate in Modeshift STARS for free. On completion of an application for Modeshift STARS, schools will automatically have a brand new national standard School Travel Plan.

Modeshift STARS Fees

Modeshift STARS Fees
Type of organisation Cost
Local Authorities (must hold Modeshift Local Authority Membership) £499 per annum (1st April – 31st March each year)
Schools in England excluding London (age range 4-16) (including Local Authority Nurseries) Free (funded by Department for Transport)
Schools outside of England (age range 4-16) £30 per site
Early Years Establishments (Independent Providers) £30 per site
Higher Education Establishments £30 per site
Universities/Further Education Establishments

n/a – please use

Create a Travel Plan

Online Platform

Create a Travel Plan with Modeshift STARS by using the online platform. The Modeshift STARS portal is designed to capture the key elements of a travel plan, the system guides you through the process and creates a plan for your school site. Modeshift STARS allows you to log and record activities in the system to work towards STARS Accreditation. Ask pupils and staff how they travel to school and log it in the online system.

Gain Accreditation

Accreditation Framework

Log and record activities that are designed to promote walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable school travel. Modeshift STARS has over 100 initiatives that are recognised for the promotion of sustainable travel. Record your school's progress in the STARS system by conducting hands up surveys with pupils and staff asking them how they travelled to school. By delivering a range of activities in school you can work towards Modeshift STARS Gold, Silver and Bronze STARS Accreditation.

Regional and National Awards

National School Travel Awards

By working through the Modeshift STARS System and gaining accreditation schools are eligible to be nominated for the Regional and National School Travel Awards. The National School Travel Awards recognise best practice in the promotion of walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable travel to and from school.

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Who is Modeshift?

Established in 2007, Modeshift is a not for profit membership organisation funded by the public, private and community sectors in the United Kingdom.

Modeshift aims to secure increased levels of safe, active and sustainable travel in educational establishments, businesses and communities thereby engendering widespread travel behaviour change in the long term. It seeks to do this by representing its members’ needs and supporting sustainable travel practitioners through a range of new and existing services.

Using its position as a leading organisation in sustainable travel, Modeshift aims to be the centre of excellence for the promotion of sustainable travel choices in education, workplace and community settings by raising standards of industry delivery. This includes establishing a standard and level of implementation for travel plans, sharing best practice on the provision of travel choices information, and recognising excellence in the delivery of sustainable travel initiatives in schools and workplaces.

Ultimately Modeshift works with its members and partners in striving towards a world in which communities are free to make healthy and sustainable travel choices where active travel is seen as the norm.