WestCycle + Schools

WestCycle has worked closely with numerous agencies with the aim to create a platform for building strong, ongoing relationships with Western Australian schools in order to achieve our goal of seeing more people on bikes more often.

Through this consultative process, incorporating input from The Department of Transport, The Department of Education, The Road Safety Commission, Catholic Education WA, bike industry experts and more, WestCycle has developed resources and services aimed at promoting healthy, safe and active lifestyles in schools and the wider community.

The Bike Friendly Schools initiative outlines how schools can work towards creating a culture of active transport within their community that promotes safety, fun and education.

Under the three pillars of Teacher Development, Bike Education and Family and Community Engagement, the Bike Friendly Schools initiative delivers programs and activities to support bike riding in schools and school communities.

Teacher Development

Embedding a bike riding culture in schools starts with empowering and upskilling teachers to deliver bike riding activities, having access to bike riding related content in the classroom and learning from other teachers experiences. The following programs address these needs.

 

Teacher Accreditation Course: Cycling (Code: TAC101)

A key part of developing a strong platform for school development begins with the teachers. WestCycle have developed the Teacher Accreditation Course: Cycling (Code:TAC101) that provides teachers with the knowledge and skills to be deemed compliant when conducting bike riding activities, both on and off school grounds, across the disciplines of road cycling and mountain biking in low to moderate competency environments.

The course covers important aspects of session delivery and planning including risk management, student capabilities, skills and lesson planning.
The Teacher Accreditation Course: Cycling has been approved by the Western Australian Department of Education and is listed as an approved compliance course within the Recreation and Outdoor Education Activities for Public School Procedures document.

The Teacher Accreditation Course: Cycling structure is as follows:

  • Module 1: Online Theory module (3 hours), comprising:
    • Introduction & Course Overview
    • Duty of Care
    • Understanding Bikes
    • Planning & Compliance
    • Risk Management
    • Planning for Skill Development
    • Information for Practical Session
    • Resources
  • Module 2: Practical module (4 hours). This component covers both on and off road riding up to a moderate level of competency, and demonstrates the concepts learned in Module 1.

The course has been developed using an easy to use, modern Learning Management System, which is accessible via any web browser. The online component can be worked through at the learners pace, and includes downloadable resources that can be utilised in lesson planning and in running activities.

Places can be booked below, but please read the following information before booking:

Course Cost: $295 inc GST.

Pre-requisites:
– Current Working with Children Check,
– Current Provide First Aid qualification (HLTAID011) or higher. Proof of these need to be shown at the practical session.

Expiry: The accreditation is valid for 3 years from completion date.

Practical session requirements:
– Bring your own bike which is suitable for both on and off road riding
– An Australian Standards approved helmet and appropriate bike riding clothing
– You will need to have completed the online module before practical session commencement

Course Location: 
– Advertised courses will initially be offered in the Perth Metro area.
– Courses can be delivered in regional areas subject to minimum enrolment numbers – please contact us.
– Courses can be delivered at your school subject to minimum enrolment numbers – please contact us.

Cancellations and Refunds
– Refunds will be considered where we cannot deliver the program as described in a timely manner, or when a cancellation has occurred with a sufficient notice period (72 hours+). We reserve the right to exclude transaction fees from any refund issued.
– Cancellations with less than 72 hours notice may, at our discretion, be accepted with an offer to re-book at an alternative session.

Enrolment Process
Once you have booked and paid for your course using the link below, you will be emailed a link to the online module within 2 business days. After completing your online module, attend the designated practical session, complete the session, and your accreditation will be sent to you within 14 working days, pending completion of all course components, and provision of requested documents and qualifications.

Questions and Support
If you have any support questions about this course, please email schools@westcycle.org.au.

WestCycle’s Schools program is more than just teacher accreditation. To discuss WestCycle’s offerings to schools such as curriculum resources, bike activities, incursions, excursions, fundraisers etc. please call Rory Murray on 0403 476 100 or email rory.murray@westcycle.org.au.

Teacher Accreditation Course: Cycling – FAQ’s

1. What type of bike should I bring?

A bike that can handle both on and off-road will be necessary. This could be a gravel, mountain or hybrid bike with bigger tyres.

2. Should I bring anything else?

Bring your completed workbook along with you to aid when it comes time for you to deliver your skills session. A helmet, sunscreen, water and appropriate clothing are also required.

3. Does this course make me compliant to deliver bike riding activities at my school?

Once completed and deemed competent, this course allows you to deliver on and off-road bike riding activities both on and off school site in low to moderate competency level environments.

This qualification course is compliant with the requirements of the Department of Education WA and CEWA policies and procedures.

4. Do you have sessions close to me?

Yes. We offer both North and South options to cater for everyone.

5. Is this course available for remote learners?

WestCycle is currently developing a remote learning option that will be available for completion soon.

How to Book 

To view course availability and to book your course go to our TryBooking page below:

Perth Metropolitan Area

Cannington (06/08/22)

Perry Lakes (16/09/22)

Wembley Downs (28/09/22)

Regional Courses

Albany (1/11/2022)

NOTE: The City of Albany has generously offered to subsidise the first 10 enrolments for teachers from schools within the City of Albany, making these tickets reduced to $195 each. Enrolments from outside the City of Albany are the standard price of $295.

 

Currently we have other regional course deliveries planned, but yet to be confirmed in the following areas:

  • Geraldton: 12/13th December 2022

If you are interested in attending these courses, or would like to suggest alternative areas/dates, please contact us at schools@westcycle.org.au to express your interest.


Curriculum Resources

WestCycle has produced informative and comprehensive educational resources that align with the Western Australian Curriculum. Covering multiple subject areas from HASS to Health, the resources empower students to explore topics inclusive of however not limited to; the positive health outcomes of active transport, community awareness and involvement, difference of opinion and access to services.

The resources have been produced by an accomplished, lead teacher and include the following:

– Sequential Teaching and Learning Plans
– Resources specific to the topic that utilise a range of instructional strategies; and
– Culmination projects/tasks that allow for students to demonstrate assessable understanding.

If you would like to access these materials, fill in the form below, and we will send through the resources.


Teachers Network

To support the collaboration and sharing of resources and knowledge, we are building a network of teachers supportive of bike riding in schools. The network is self directed and informal, connecting both online and in person through networking events.
To find out more, or to join our Teachers Network, contact us via email at schools@westcycle.org.au.

 


Bike Education

WestCycle offers an array of predefined and custom designed courses delivered to meet your schools needs. Our network of accredited bike professionals can offer services including, but not limited to the following:

  • Learn to Ride (for absolute beginners)
  • Bike Hire
  • Bike Skills Development – general skills
  • Bike Skills Development – off road
  • Bike Skills Development – Road Safety
  • On site bike servicing
  • Bike excursions

We know your school community has unique needs, get in touch to discuss the options that are available to you and your school.

Family and Community Engagement

We know that school communities don’t just comprise of teachers and students and exist during school hours. We also know that the benefits of bike riding can benefit the wider local community. That is why we work with Schools, School Boards, P&Cs, Mums’ Groups, Dads’ Groups, Sustainability Groups and any other school community related group to deliver the best outcomes for your entire community.

We can arrange for programs such as the following:

  • Learn to Ride (for absolute beginners)
  • Bike Hire
  • Bike Tours
  • Bike Maintenance courses
  • Bike Skills sessions
  • Community bike events
  • After school activities
  • Fundraising events
  • Safe Routes to School Program

Contact us at schools@westcycle.org.au or call Rory on 0403 476 100 to start the conversation.