• The Department for Education are reforming the National Curriculum. This is an opportunity to lobby for cycling and cycle training to be included in the curriculum and is something TABS will be looking contributing to.

    Looking at the draft curriculum Cycle Training best slots in worded similarly to 'swimming' as part of the draft primary sports curriculum. Here is the wording of 'swimming':

    *Swimming and water safety

    All schools must provide swimming instruction either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.
    In particular, pupils should be taught to:
     swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
     use a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
     perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. *

    The course of least resistance would be to recommend cycling is added to the sports curriculum and is of equal status as swimming, however the continued linking of cycling to sport rather than considering riding a bike as as a basic way of moving around may be off-putting to many non-sporty people.

    Perhaps it needs to be part of Citizenship where the 'purpose of study' is:

    • to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society.*

    The problem here is that Citizenship is taught from Key Stage 3 and is mainly about understanding law and society and responsibility with money. An option would be to propose a small KS2 Citizenship module about responsible active travel and sustainability which could include road safety, transport law and the highway code, rights of walkers and cyclists etc...

    So what do people think:

    1. Cycling like swimming slots into the sports curriculum for an easier win perhaps
    2. We lobby for a whole new KS2 Introduction to Citizenship module which may be more ideologically sound
    3. Other ideas?

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