Protecting our schools
We will place a special focus on protecting our schools. Children are a vulnerable group whose developing lungs make them particularly susceptible to air pollution.
As a local authority we need to ensure that we are continually assessing the impact on this vulnerable group and taking steps to minimise the effects of air pollution in our schools and during travel to and from school.
Summary of actions
- Audit schools in areas of poor air quality and provide financial support for measures that help to reduce air pollution exposure for children in the borough
- Have schools in areas of poor air quality incorporated into our monitoring and review regime
- Work alongside our Public Health partners to deliver the joint health benefits of active travel and healthy lifestyles
- Tackle idling vehicles at schools as a priority
- To reduce traffic around schools at drop off and pick up times we will be piloting ‘School Streets’ at selected schools with a view to extending these in the borough
- Pilot internal air quality filtration in schools and prepare a report for committee about its effectiveness
- We will increase the number of schools with accredited travel plans by 20% per year with an aim to have up to 90% of all schools covered by 2024
Our Schools' air quality page details the work we do with schools to improve local air quality through a range of projects.
As an Idling Action London partner, we can offer schools customised workshops and assemblies to encourage local communities to switch their engines off and reduce air pollution.
Our School Streets webpage explain how they work and what they achieve, as well as providing details of temporary road closures at the growing number of schools in the borough that are implementing school streets.
Audit all schools in areas of poor air quality and provide financial support for measures that tackle and reduce exposure to pollution
|In progress||2025||3 schools per year||Paused in 2020 due to COVID-19|
All schools in areas of poor air quality to be incorporated into our monitoring network and regime
|In progress||2025||4 schools to be incorporated||Air quality monitoring offered to all schools; available but limited under COVID-19|
Working alongside our Public Health partners to deliver joint health benefits of active travel and healthy lifestyles
Tackle idling vehicles at schools as a priority
Interventions reported quarterly
|Paused and updated during COVID-19; many more school streets prioritised - considered better option than targetting idling alone|
To reduce traffic around schools at drop off and pickup times we will be piloting School Streets at selected schools with a view to extend these in the borough
|In progress||Pilot scheme September 2020||Further rollout 2021/22||Updated during COVID-19 - three School Streets by 2020 increased to 12 by April 2021|
Pilot internal air quality filtration in schools and prepare a report for Committee into its effectiveness
|In progress||January 2021||2 schools||Performance dependent on routine maintenance - i.e. schools replacing/cleaning filters when necessary|
We will increase the number of schools with accredited travel plans by 20% per year with an aim to have up to 90% of all schools covered by 2024
|In progress||2024||90%||Warning: current resources make 90% of schools with travel plans by 2024 unlikely unless schools initiate these themselves|
Up to: Air Quality Action Plan
Updated: 11 November 2020