Healthy trip? on yer bike!

15th July 2011 at 01:00

If a newspaper wanted to invent a story to fit a "Health and safety gone mad" headline, then a school cancelling its annual end-of-term cycling trip round the small island of Cumbrae as it was considered too risky would fit the bill. To crank up the outrage it would add the pupils were taken to Mamp;D's Theme Park, where nine passengers were trapped for eight hours on a rollercoaster recently, as a "safer" alternative for a healthy reward trip.

I have often accompanied pupils to Cumbrae and they enjoy being able to cycle on roads for a change rather than on pavements, with the worst mishaps being ripped trousers and a few bruises from pedals.

Schools need to introduce their charges to risk in a controlled environment, so that in real-life situations they will be better equipped to evaluate the level of risk.

The school is sending out a message to parents that cycling is dangerous. It has missed an opportunity to influence them into making a healthy choice for their teenagers in a country where 40 per cent of them never practise sport.

Gordon Cairns, Haggs Road, Glasgow.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now