• Three years ago I had a moan on here about my kids' school trying to make helmets compulsory (on threat of detention) for every pupil who cycled to school. I wrote to the head about the school's lack of responsibility/liability for pupils' mode of journey, and the misguided, counter-productive nature of such a rule. It was quietly dropped.

    Now I learn from my son that, starting next half-term, anyone cycling to school without a helmet will have their bike taken and locked up until a helmet is produced.

    Is this even legal?

  • I have no idea as to the legality or not, but these things never go away--you have to keep campaigning on them. Chances are that there's been a change of leadership, or maybe a decision by the governors, and unless you find enough other parents who feel strongly enough about it, they'll probably press ahead with it.

    Perhaps there's some consistency there, though--their earlier proposed threat of detention strikes me as equally absurd.

  • Sounds to me that perhaps a similar letter should be sent to them?

  • Don't just write to the head. Make appointments to see them and discuss in person. If the appointment is less than satisfactory, make another. Then another. Head teachers don't have spare time to waste, you need to make this more difficult for them than implementing the change.

    Ask to speak to the child's form tutor and make it their problem too, they will quickly also make it the head teacher's problem because no teacher wants to deal with this shit.

  • I wrote to the head about the school's lack of responsibility/liability for pupils' mode of journey

    IMO it's good practice for a school to show it has considered the risk of different methods of getting to school and has given recommendations to students to limit that risk.

    The schools I work with, for example, have suggested safer cycling and walking routes.

    Ask the school where the decision has stemmed from, my guess would be the governors, and get in touch with the relevant person, probably the chair of the governors. If it was a governing body decision the minutes of the meeting where it was discussed should be available to you. If it wasn't the governors find out who at the school is responsible for safeguarding, it'll be a decision made, or at least ratified, by that person. It may or may not be the head.

    Leaving aside the question of whether helmets are actually helpful, I can't see why the school need to do anything other than recommend students wear one.


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