Schools Programme




Welcome to the KCRP Schools pages.  Please do take a good look at these pages for information about what we can offer schools and community groups.  Our activities are wide ranging from rail safety talks, to school travel planning to looking after your local station. If you have an idea for a project or activity and its not here, please do let us know.



Smarter Journeys Programme

Smarter Travel Challenge

Transition to College

Cubs Personal Safety Activity Badge


Smarter Journeys Programme 

Now in its 4th year, the Kent Community Rail Partnership is proud to introduce ‘Smarter Journeys’, an inspiring and engaging schools programme which aims to enable and encourage young people to choose more journeys by walking, cycling and taking public transport.


The programme supports Year 5/6 pupils who are preparing for the transition to secondary school. It will provide them with skills so that they can continue to make active and sustainable travel journeys to secondary school.


Pupils take part in a number of activities over one year. Most activities take place before or after school or during assembly time, thereby reducing the impact on Year 6 curriculum time,


Some of the activities could include:


Free Train Ride & Station Visit

Visit to school by Dr Bike (local bike mechanic)

Cycle Training

Cycling and Walking National Competitions

Rail Safety Lessons

Street/Rail Station surveys

Travel planning


Each time a pupil takes part in an activity they gain points which add up towards their Superheroes badges & certificates at the end of the year.

Download Smarter Journeys Information Leaflet 

Smarter Travel Challenge 

The Schools Smarter Travel Challenge was initially developed for a primary teacher who wanted to include some journey planning for her Year 6 pupils.  She felt that her pupils were worried about the journey to their new school and wanted to help them prepare for their journey.  However, the demands of the Year 6 curriculum meant that this wasn’t possible and so journey travel planning workshops were planned during Transition/Induction Day whilst Year 6 pupils were at their chosen Secondary School. This was back in 2016 and now the Smarter Travel Challenge is offered to more secondary schools on their transition/induction days.

The challenge consists of up to 1 hour workshops using the school IT suite where pupils were challenged to plan their own journeys to school using the new journey planning website by Kent County Council called ‘’.  Pupils were also directed to other websites such as Traveline, Cycle Streets, Google maps, Southeastern and National Rail Enquiries as appropriate.

At the end of the workshop, pupils were given a Travel to School Guide. 

Download Travel to School Guide