October is International Walk to School Month





#WalkForTheWorld challenge!

Thank you to everyone who got involved!

Throughout October, we asked people to consider the contribution that traffic pollution makes to climate change and the effects it has on wildlife and natural habitats around the world.

By walking to school, we reduce our carbon emissions, supporting natural habitats and animals across the globe.

We received over 100 entries on social media!

Walk for the world collage of pupuls

Words from a teacher at Lea Forest Academy


'The Walk To School Month challenge allowed us to focus our efforts on helping to reduce our impact on the environment and allowed the children to research  endangered animals and their habitats, every class took part in our walking champions competition and shared images of the children walking or using alternative methods of transport to get to school.

We have seen a huge increase [in active travel] during this month and have awarded the highest number of Badges and our children have really enjoyed researching their chosen animals [..]. The families that did give use feedback commented on the noticeable lack of traffic around the school in the mornings and that their child enjoyed collecting badges, stickers and certificates.'

John Croxon, Learning Technologies Leader,
Lea Forest Academy 

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Keep the momentum going beyond International Walk to School Month

Join our walk to school movement!

It's not too late to join WOW, our flagship walk to school challenge. With over 1,200 schools already on board, WOW increases walking rates by 23% while reducing car journeys to school by 30%. 

The theme this year is, of course, Walk for the World and pupils are rewarded for walking to school with monthly collectable badges (designed by children) depicting animals endangered by climate change. 


get WOW for your school

check if you can run WOW for free

Email your local school about WOW

family walking to school


Download our Family Walk to School Kit and join our movement.

Family Walk to School Kit

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Find out about our groundbreaking Walk to School challenges.

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Policy makers

Our report contains 21 recommendations for prioritising and promoting walking to school.

Download our report - pdf