There is no charge to schools for cycle skills training. Training is delivered by experienced instructors contracted to your local council or other local provider. Someone at your school will need to liaise with the instructors. This admin work includes:
- confirming how many students take part (this ensures the correct ratio of instructors and students)
- agreeing when training courses take place
- sending information to parents and collecting parental consent letters (instructors provide a letter template)
- ensuring there is space on the school grounds for Grade 1 delivery
- giving input into bike riding routes for Grade 2 (instructors do the detailed planning)
- helping classroom teachers plan the extent of classroom learning using BikeReady curriculum resources.
Classroom teachers are often requested to be present during training sessions to help with feedback to students and manage positive behaviour.
Teachers will find detailed information about what they need to do, logistics and practical matters in the FAQs.
Here's an overview of the BikeReady grades. Actual course delivery may blend grades as professional instructors use their expertise to tailor delivery to meet local needs.
Grade 1: Preparing for on-road riding
Age group: Year 4+
What and where: Instructors visit the school. Training takes place in an environment away from traffic, usually in a school playground or court and is designed to encourage and develop basic bike control skills.
Time involved for learners: 2-5 hours. Usually held in one day, with a break between sessions.
Learning outcomes: A grade 1 session covers how to check and fit a helmet, how to do a basic bike safety check, and bike control skills.
Grade 2: Introduction to on-road riding
Age group: Year 6+
What and where: Training takes place on quiet local roads and is designed to give trainees real cycling experience to build skills and confidence.
Time involved for learners: 7-8 hours. Often run over two days.
Learning outcomes: A grade 2 session covers how to see and be seen, communication, road positioning and cooperating with other people on the road.
It should be emphasised that becoming a proficient rider is an ongoing process. Trainees are encouraged to continue to practice and develop their skills with an experienced rider after the session.