FAQs

Coronavirus: National Lockdown January 2021

Where can I find the latest guidance?

All guidance will be uploaded to the Coronavirus FAQs document below:

Coronavirus FAQs

September 2020 Covid addendum

What does Bikeability from September 2020 look like?

From September 2020, Bikeability providers and instructors must use the ‘old’ September 2019 delivery guide, whilst following the Covid-19 risk mitigation guidance in the most recent addendum, this is summed up in the ‘overall approach’ including:

  • Instructors must not deliver training when they (or other householders) are displaying symptoms, and must not train children or adults who are displaying symptoms
  • Following robust hand and respiratory hygiene practices
  • Using enhanced cleaning practices for shared clothing or hardware
  • Actively engaging with NHS Test and Trace
  • Considering how to maximise distancing between instructors and participants (not between participants themselves) wherever possible. Government guidance for the general public outside home recommends ‘that you keep two metres away from people as a precaution or one metre when you can mitigate the risk [of infection] by taking other precautions’. It is important to understand that government guidance for schools does not require primary school pupils to be kept apart

Does the 'rule of six' apply to Bikeability?

On the 9th of September, the government announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of Coronavirus infections down. These guidelines reiterate the importance of Hands, Face, Space and also limits social contact to groups of a maximum of six people.

However, in the Coronavirus outbreak FAQs, Section 2.10 states that there will be exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including:

  • for education, training, or registered childcare
  • organised indoor and outdoor sports, physical activity and exercise classes

Therefore we are pleased to confirm that Bikeability cycle training will continue to be delivered in schools, as per the guidelines in the September 2019 Delivery Guide. Our Adult module, which is designed to be delivered as a 1:3 ratio, also remains unaffected.

Our delivery guide has already been adapted to ensure that our Bikeability training is provided in a Covid-safe way. You can read the Bikeability Delivery Guide Addendum under Delivery Guidance documents on the Bikeability Professionals website.


What is the latest guidance on moving groups and snaking?

Instructors should be moving groups by either snaking or shepherding, as described in the September 2019 delivery guide.

Riders should be placed in groups from the same school bubble, and therefore are not expected to remain apart whilst riding, observing demonstrations or taking part in discussion.

Instructors must follow the 1+ guidance at all times, keeping 2 meters between each instructor, between instructor and rider, and between members of the public and riders or instructors.

Section 5 of the addendum uses the word ‘slipstream’ to describe riding directly behind another rider. Instructors riding 2 meters behind a rider at low speeds is deemed sufficient not to be in a ‘slipstream’.

Instructors may ride alongside another rider at a distance of 1 metre, as they are not facing the rider.


What Level of PPE providers reasonably supply should direct personal care for unwell pupils be required, and who pays for this?

Section 6 of the addendum states:

  • Bikeability providers must, if specified by the school, procure appropriate PPE (e.g. face masks, gloves, aprons and eye protection) should direct personal care for unwell pupils be required.

Local school policies must be adhered to by Bikeability Providers before Bikeability training can be carried out, however it is unusual for a school to stipulate what external providers should carry as part of their first aid kits. In the first instance Bikeability providers and instructors should consider what items are currently appropriate for a first aid kit, and costs should be met according to providers current first aid (kit) policy. No additional funding has been made available for this from the DfT/Bikeability Trust.


What self-assessment is sufficient for riders and instructors prior to training?

Section 1 of the addendum states:

  • Prior to training, all instructors and riders must undergo a self-assessment for any Covid-19 symptoms.

Providers must devise their own system whereby instructors declare themselves symptom free prior to delivering any part of a Bikeability training course. This may be as simple as requiring each instructor to consider their current wellness against the common Covid-19 symptoms, and acting accordingly.

Schools also have their own procedures and expectations with regard to pupil (parental) self-declaration. Bikeability Providers should discuss this in pre-course communications with schools, and may wish to introduce an additional ‘tick box’ as part of a consent form.


What will happen to any underspend, from providers unable to deliver courses due to Covid-19 restrictions?

The current grant funding is only for the delivery of Bikeability cycle training in the financial year up to 31 March 2021. If providers believe that they will not spend all of their allocation, then we ask them to let us know at the earliest opportunity so that we can reallocate to other grant recipients on our waiting list.

If there is any underspend at the year end, the Trust will declare this to the Department for Transport and request that we are able to use this in the following year to fund requests for additional places.


If a Bikeability course is cancelled due to COVID-19, can the grant be drawn down against these courses?

We have produced a guide for Bikeability to continue to happen during COVID-19 drawing on all the up to date UK Government Guidance. This is constantly updated when advice or guidance changes. We appreciate that COVID-19 creates uncertainty and a decision to allow Bikeability to happen in a school setting rests with the Headteacher. Training Providers must share a link to the current Bikeability COVID-19 addendum in its entirety with school staff to help inform that decision.

Bikeability Training delivered under these guidelines fully complies with current government advice, and our guidance has been reviewed by Department for Transport, Department for Education and Public Health England. It is important that providers share our guidance in full along with your own localised risk assessment procedures. This is why we have asked all Grant Recipients and Providers to confirm they have are using this guidance as it remains a condition of grant funding to follow the Bikeability Delivery Guide.

However, if a course is cancelled due to local circumstances created by COVID-19 then the Bikeability grant may in certain circumstances be claimed for cancelled courses providing the following steps have been explored for the relevant scenario:

Scenario 1: A school cancels Bikeability training, despite no reported COVID cases in the school or a change in COVID Alert Level
1. Can the course be rearranged?
Training providers should liaise with the school directly to attempt to organise Bikeability training at another time
 
Please note, where delivery in schools is proving to be difficult, grant recipients are reminded that they may request to move their funding allocation between the core Bikeability levels and within the Plus modules. Grant recipients may not move the funding allocation from core delivery to fund Plus modules (or vice-versa) without prior agreement from the Bikeability Trust.
 
2. What does your cancellation policy state?
Training providers are responsible for their own cancellation policy, which should include details of the process in response to cancelled Bikeability training . Grant recipients should refer to their cancellation clauses in their service level agreements with their subcontracted providers.

Scenario 2: School cancels Bikeability training, due to a change in COVID Alert Level
1. Can the course be rearranged?
Training providers should liaise with the school directly to attempt to organise Bikeability training at another time.

Please note, where delivery in schools is proving to be difficult, grant recipients are reminded that they may request to move their funding allocation between the core Bikeability levels and within the Plus modules. Grant recipients may not move the funding allocation from core delivery to fund Plus modules (or vice-versa) without prior agreement with the Bikeability Trust.

2. What is the local COVID Alert Level and associated guidance?
Please consult with local Alert guidance issued for your area online: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Public Health England will also be able to support with local guidance.
 
Current guidance currently states that both work and education continue to be essential, including in Very High Risk areas, Bikeability training can continue to operate in these areas, using the current Bikeability COVID-19 addendum and ensuring that the Headteacher has consented for Bikeability to happen.
 
3. Can you access a job support scheme?
During the summer term in 2020, the Department for Transport and the Bikeability Trust worked to ensure that when places were cancelled due to widespread school closures, the grant could be used to retain instructors and support providers where Government Job Retention schemes were not able to be accessed. This has had an impact on the ability to deliver as much training as possible to children for the rest of the year. The Chancellor has since announced a replacement Job Support Scheme and Self-Employed Income Support Scheme grant extension
 
If the Job Support Scheme and the SEISS are not applicable, there may also be local support schemes available to access.
 
4. What does the school advise?
Ultimately, the final decision to run a Bikeability training course rests with the Headteacher. Training Providers must share a link to the current Bikeability COVID-19 addendum  in its entirety with school staff to help inform that decision. Bikeability Training delivered under these guidelines fully complies with current government advice, Bikeability Training delivered under these guidelines fully complies with current government advice, and our guidance has been agreed by Department for Transport, Department for Education and Public Health England.

In addition, school and provider risk assessments will need to be robust regarding COVID-19 and the advice laid out in the Bikeability COVID addendum. A fundamental principle of the risk assessment is to consider whether the benefits of an activity outweigh the risks. In the case of teaching children to cycle safely, The Bikeability Trust believes that there are clear benefits to schools facilitating these sessions, and that Bikeability continues to be a necessary activity under the three-tiered system of local COVID alert levels in England.

Once all of the questions have been considered and answered, Grant Recipients should contact the Bikeability Trust to discuss any opportunity for grant allocation for cancelled courses.  Evidence will need to be submitted and claims assessed for eligibility.  Grant Recipients should ensure that Training Providers and Instructors are kept fully informed of the process for claim eligibility.

Scenario 3: School cancels Bikeability training, due to reported COVID cases in a relevant year group
1. Can the course be rearranged?
Training providers should liaise with the school directly to attempt to organise Bikeability training at another time
 
Please note, where delivery in schools is proving to be difficult, grant recipients are reminded that they may request to move their funding allocation between the core Bikeability levels and within the Plus modules. Grant recipients may not move the funding allocation from core delivery to fund Plus modules (or vice-versa). 

2. Can you access a job support scheme?
During the summer term in 2020, the Department for Transport and the Bikeability Trust worked to ensure that when places were cancelled due to widespread school closures, the grant could be used to retain instructors and support providers where Government Job Retention schemes were not able to be accessed. This has had an impact on the ability to deliver as much training as possible to children for the rest of the year. The Chancellor has since announced a replacement Job Support Scheme and Self-Employed Income Support Scheme grant extension
 
If the Job Support Scheme and the SEISS are not applicable, there may also be local support schemes available to access. Evidence will need to be submitted and claims assessed for eligibility. 

Once all of the questions have been considered and answered, Grant Recipients should contact the Bikeability Trust to discuss any opportunity for grant allocation for cancelled courses.  Training providers must be able to supply evidence of the above steps being taken with a clear audit trail. Evidence will need to be submitted and claims assessed for eligibility.


1st4sport Instructor Qualifications

How do I become a Bikeability Instructor?

Bikeability can only be delivered by registered Bikeability instructors working for registered Bikeability providers. The Bikeability Trust maintains instructor and provider registration databases on behalf of the Department for Transport.

To become a new Bikeability instructor, you must complete the 1st4sport .Level 2 award in cycle training instruction at a recognised delivery centre.

This involves a four-day practical training course and half-day post-course practical assessment, and inclusion in the Bikeability instructor registration database. Find out more about becoming an instructor.


I am an existing National Standard Instructor, how do I maintain my instructor status?

Bikeability can only be delivered by registered Bikeability instructors working for registered Bikeability providers. The Bikeability Trust maintains instructor and provider registration databases on behalf of the Department for Transport.

Existing, practising National Standard Instructors (NSIA/NSIP/NSIQ) must register with a recognised delivery centre. for the 1st4sport .Level 2 award in cycle training instruction before 31 March 2024 to maintain their Bikeability instructor registration status.

You can continue delivering Bikeability with your current NSI status for a registered Bikeability provider before and during your 1st4sport registration.You must obtain the Level 2 award within twelve months of 1st4sport registration to attain qualified instructor status on the Bikeability instructor registration database and continue delivering Bikeability for a registered Bikeability provider. On the anniversary of your 1st4sport registration, you must renew your qualified instructor registration status annually to continue delivering Bikeability.


When will existing instructors be expected to register for the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training?

The Department for Transport and the Bikeability Trust, in agreement with Transport for London, have postponed the date by which all existing National Standard Instructors are expected to have registered for the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training, from 31 July 2021 to 31 March 2024. This decision has been made in the light of two recent government announcements: offering Bikeability to every child during this parliament, and closing schools in response to COVID-19. It will relieve pressure on 1st4sport recognised delivery centres charged with training more new instructors while assessing existing instructors in preparation for scaling up Bikeability delivery.

Existing instructors are expected to register for recognition of their prior learning and experience (RPL) rather than attend the four-day training course for the 1st4sport Level 2 Award. Further information about the qualification is available on the Instructors and FAQs pages of the Bikeability professionals website.


I am an active NSI who is delivering cycle training that is not Bikeability. Should I register for the 1st4sport Level 2 award in Instructing Cycle Training with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) pathway?

The RPL pathway for the 1st4sport award is for active NSIs who are currently delivering Bikeability. It exists to ensure the whole Bikeability workforce, new and existing instructors, is delivering Bikeability to the current National Standard and Bikeability Delivery Guide.

The RPL pathway requires NSIs to answer multiple-choice questions, upload work-based documents and participate in a practical assessment, all based on current Bikeability delivery. Passing the assessments requires current Bikeability delivery to groups of children of school age.

Schools are referenced in several assessment tasks, which also require delivery to groups of riders. Bikeability programme training ratios and funding rates are also based on training delivered to groups rather than individuals. The Bikeability Delivery Guide is referenced in several assessment tasks, and includes the following statement on intended Bikeability beneficiaries (p. 3):

Level 1 training is aimed at children in school years 4 and below, Level 2 (and combined Level 1 and 2) at children in school years 5 – 6 inclusive, and Level 3 at children and young people in school years 6 and above.

It follows that NSIs who are not actively delivering Bikeability in schools for children in these age ranges will struggle to complete the assessments in the RPL pathway.


How do new instructors progress from 1st4sport registration to Bikeability delivery?

  1. The trainee instructor registers with a 1st4sport recognised delivery centre (RDC) for training and assessment leading to the Level 2 award in instructing cycle training. 1st4sport charge a £40 (plus VAT) registration fee for the Level 2 award. Their RDCs charge variable fees for training and assessment leading to the award. Both fees are collected by 1st4sport RDCs at registration.
  2. The Bikeability Trust asks the trainee instructor to notify the Trust when they have completed their course-based assessment tasks. Once this has been confirmed by 1st4sport, the Trust will upgrade the instructor’s registration status to Provisional instructor. They can then begin delivering Bikeability under the supervision of a qualified instructor for a registered Bikeability provider.
  3. After completing at least 72 hours of Bikeability delivery, the provisional instructor can arrange their post-course practical assessment with their RDC. 1st4sport will issue a Level 2 award certificate typically ten days after successful completion of the practical assessment.
  4. Following 1st4sport notification, the Bikeability Trust will upgrade the instructor’s registration status to Qualified instructor. They can then begin delivering Bikeability without the supervision of a qualified instructor for a registered Bikeability provider.
  5. On the annual anniversary of their 1st4sport registration, the Qualified instructor must renew their Bikeability Trust instructor registration if they wish to continue delivering Bikeability. In the future, the Bikeability Trust may charge a fee for annual registration renewal. The renewal process requires information about how much Bikeability the instructor has delivered over the past 12 months, the continuing professional development (CPD) they have undertaken during this period, a self-assessment of their professional strengths and areas for improvement and a CPD plan for the next 12-months. Instructors are not required to deliver a minimum number of Bikeability training places each year. The Bikeability Trust will monitor the general expectation that instructors deliver a minimum of 100 Bikeability training places and participate in at least 7.5 hours of CPD per year.
  6. The Bikeability Trust will notify the Qualified instructor and their registered Bikeability provider when the instructor’s annual registration renewal is due and when it has been successfully completed. Qualified instructors who do not renew their registration will be assumed to be inactive and delisted from the register. They will be unable to deliver Bikeability until they re-register with the Bikeability Trust.

I have obtained the 1st4sport Level 2 award, how do I maintain my instructor status?

Bikeability can only be delivered by registered Bikeability instructors working for registered Bikeability providers. The Bikeability Trust maintains instructor and provider registration databases on behalf of the Department for Transport.
Instructors who hold the 1st4sport Level 2 award in cycle training instruction renew their qualified instructor registration status on the anniversary of their 1st4sport registration. In order to renew your registration, you must:

  • Complete the online registration renewal form
  • Confirm your instructor profile details are correct
  • Identify the registered Bikeability provider/s for whom you deliver Bikeability
  • Record the number of Bikeability training places you have delivered over the past year
  • Record the continuing professional development you have undertaken in past year
  • Identify your strengths and areas for improvement as a Bikeability instructor
  • Prioritise and plan three areas for professional development in the coming year

How long do I have to complete the post-course assessment for the 1st4sport instructor qualification?

New instructors should complete the post-course assessment (PCA) within six months of their registration date for the 1st4sport Level 2 award in instructing cycle training. You should contact the 1st4sport recognised delivery centre where you registered for the Level 2 award to confirm arrangements for your PCA once you have successfully completing all your course-based Moodle assessment tasks. You must successfully complete your PCA within 12 months from your 1st4sport registration date or you will be required to register again.


Will there be any changes to the qualification deadlines if I am affected by the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions?

Yes, 1st4sport have confirmed that if you are already registered for the 1st4sport Level 2 or Level 3 award the 6 month deadline to complete your post course assessment and the 12 month deadline to complete the qualification in full can be extended. This applies to both instructors on the normal and RPL routes. Please contact the RDC you registered with to discuss this further.


I'm an existing Bikeability instructor with an NSI number, do I need to complete the 1st4sport qualification?

All current Bikeability instructors will need to register with a recognised delivery centre (RDC) for the 1st4sport level 2 in instructing cycle training before 31 March 2024. Existing, active instructors are unlikely to need to attend an instructor training course and may register with a centre for recognition of their prior learning and experience. Please contact an RDC to register and discuss your options. You can continue delivering Bikeability with your current NSI status until 31 March 2024 and during your 1st4sport registration.


How much does it cost to gain the 1st4sport Level 2 award in instructing cycle training?

New instructors will pay a one-off registration fee £40 (+ VAT) 1st4sport registration fee and an RDC fee for the course and assessments. Existing active NSIs will also pay a one-off £40 (+ VAT) 1st4sport registration fee and an RDC fee for assessment. RDC fees vary, so please contact them directly.

For existing, active Bikeability instructors, the Bikeability Trust will provide a grant of £60 towards the cost of the practical assessment. This will be paid directly to the RDC providing the assessment once 1st4sport have confirmed the assessment has been successful.


How will the Bikeability Trust provide its £60 grant contribution towards the cost of existing instructors’ practical assessment?

Existing, active Bikeability instructors (NSIA/NSIP/NSIQs) are expected to register with a 1st4sport recognised delivery centre (RDC)for the Level 2 award in instructing cycle training before 31 March 2024. They may continue delivering Bikeability through registered Bikeability providers under their current NSIA/NSIP/NSIQ status until then.

Most existing, active instructors are expected to gain the Level 2 award through recognition of prior learning (RPL) rather than by attending a new instructor training course.

1st4sport charge a £40 + VAT registration fee for the Level 2 award. Their RDCs charge variable fees for assessing the online portfolio and conducting the practical assessment. Both fees will be collected by RDCs at registration. The Bikeability Trust will contribute a VAT-exempt grant of £60.00 towards the cost of the practical assessment for existing, active Bikeability instructors. The RDC will deduct the value of the Trust’s grant from their assessment fees.


Why are formal qualifications for instructors and instructor trainers being introduced?

In 2015 and 2016, reviews of the Bikeability quality assurance framework and instructor training highlighted weaknesses in instructor training arrangements. These include inconsistent interpretation of the National Standard for cycle training, inconsistent instructor training courses, unfair competitive advantage for Instructor Training Organisations, and lack of instructor professional development. In 2017, building on a solution suggested by The Association of Bikeability Schemes, the Department for Transport’s Bikeability Support Team proposed new instructor training arrangements based on established vocational qualifications practice. This involves separating three central functions in instructor training (setting standards, delivering training, awarding qualifications) and introducing externally-regulated qualifications. This is the rationale for the introduction of the 1st4sport Level 2 award in instructing cycle training and the 1st4sport Level 3 award in developing cycle training instructors introduced in May 2019.


How are the 1st4sport instructor qualifications different from previous instructor training?

Two instructor qualifications are offered by 1st4sport awarding organisation: the Level 2 award in instructing cycle training, and the Level 3 award in developing cycle training instructors.

The introduction of formal qualifications has taken place alongside the alignment of the new National Standard for cycle training with other, established road-use national standards. This marks a significant development in the professionalisation of the Bikeability workforce. The introduction of formal qualifications based on the new National Standard aims to reduce the scope for inconsistent instructor interpretation and improve the quality of instructor training and Bikeability delivery. All instructor training and assessment are now based on the National Standard and national qualifications delivery guidance developed by a single, Ofqual-regulated awarding organisation. Training for the qualifications will be provided by delivery centres recognised by 1st4sport, using training courses that adhere to the awarding organisation’s national delivery guidance and assessment strategy.

Through external verification, 1st4sport will ensure its recognised delivery centres have sufficient workforce resources and robust internal assessment verification systems to deliver consistently high-quality instructor training and assessment. To gain 1st4sport recognition for delivering the awards, delivery centres must have experience delivering Bikeability and must register a minimum number of candidates each year, thereby ensuring each centre operates on sufficient scale to maintain quality.


Why has 1st 4sport developed the instructor qualifications?

1st4sport is an awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual that specialises in vocational and occupational qualifications in the cycling, active leisure, learning and well-being sectors. It is part of Coachwise, which has been involved in the external assurance of Bikeability since 2013. Following searches of Ofqual’s Regulated Qualifications Framework, the Bikeability Trust invited six of the 160 regulated awarding organisations to express interest in developing Bikeability instructor qualifications. 1st4sport was selected because they offer the most relevant qualifications and the best value for money. 1st4sport are regulated in England by Ofqual, in Wales by Qualifications Wales, in Northern Ireland by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment and in Scotland by the Scottish Qualifications Authority Accreditation.


What role does the Bikeability Trust play in 1st4sport instructor qualifications?

From September 2018, The Bikeability Trust has managed the development and delivery of Bikeability on behalf of the Department for Transport, including the National Standard review and instructor training reform. The Trust ensures the National Standard is embedded in instructor qualifications developed by 1st4sport and has worked closely with the awarding organisation to develop national qualifications delivery guidance. The Trust also ensures only qualified instructors enter the Bikeability workforce and deliver Bikeability through registered Bikeability providers.


What are the registration criteria for the 1st4sport instructor qualification?

Registration candidates for the 1st4sport Level 2 award in instructing cycle training must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. be accurately identified
  2. be at least 18 years of age
  3. be able to cycle competently, confidently and consistently to Bikeability Level 3 standard
  4. be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

I am an existing National Standard Instructor, how do I get a 1st4sport instructor qualification?

Existing, practising National Standard Instructors (NSIA/NSIP/NSIQ) must register with a recognised delivery centre (RDC) for the 1st4sport Level 2 award in cycle training instruction before 31 March 2024 to maintain their instructor registration status. You can continue delivering Bikeability for a registered Bikeability provider before and during your 1st4sport registration. You must obtain the Level 2 award within twelve months of 1st4sport registration to attain qualified Bikeability instructor status on the instructor registration database and continue delivering Bikeability. You are not expected to require formal training to get the Level 2 award. Instead, you should register with an RDC for recognition of your prior learning and experience.


I am an existing National Standard Instructor, how do I get my prior learning and experience recognised for the 1st4sport instructor qualification?

In order to gain the 1st4sport Level 2 award in instructing cycle training by recognition of prior learning (RPL), existing instructors must register with a 1st4sport recognised delivery centre and successfully complete the assessment tasks in the Level 2 award Moodle (RPL e-portfolio). Assessment is based on the current Bikeability delivery guide, National Standard for cycle training, the Code of Practice for Sports Coaches, and your current Bikeability delivery experience. The following assessment tasks are included in the Moodle:

  • answering multiple choice questions on the roles and responsibilities of the Bikeability instructor, the National Standard for cycle training, the instructor’s duty of care, instructing styles and inclusive instructing practices
  • documenting your Bikeability session plans and reviews, evaluating your professional practice and planning professional development, and obtaining witness testimonies
  • participating in a formal practical assessment of your Bikeability delivery.

I’m an NSIA, is there a 1st4sport qualification for me?

There is no NSIA equivalent in the 1st4sport instructor awards. This is due to historically low demand for NSIA training. Existing active NSIAs are expected to register for the 1st4sport Level 2 award in instructing cycle training. Depending on your experience, you may need to register for an instructor training course followed by a practical assessment, or for recognition of your prior learning and experience.


I am an NSIT, which 1st4sport qualification should I register for?

To continue delivering instructor training, existing active NSITs will need to be affiliated with a delivery centre recognised by 1st4sport. You will need to achieve the 1st4sport Level 3 Award in developing cycle training instructors. You will need to attend an instructor trainer course followed by a practical post-course assessment.


I’m an NSID, is there a 1st4sport qualification for me?

NSID status was introduced by ITOs for commercial purposes in response to fleet operator demand for the delivery of driver cycle training. This purpose falls outside the remit of Bikeability. The 1st4sport level 2 and 3 awards have been designed for the delivery of Bikeability, not driver training. However, the new National Standard is larger than Bikeability and aligned with established road-use national Standards.
This creates opportunities for developing new instructor qualifications for other types of cycle training (e.g. for training driving instructors and fleet operators). Where appropriate, fleet operator training providers may choose to continue using NSID until 31 March 2024, when NSI status will be replaced by the 1st4sport Level 2 award in instructing cycle training.


Will the Bikeability Trust contribute to the cost of gaining a 1st4sport instructor qualification?

The Bikeability Trust will contribute a £60 VAT-exempt grant towards the cost of a practical assessment for existing, active Bikeability instructors who register for the 1st4sport Level 2 award in instructing cycle training before 31 March 2024. Payment for this contribution will be through the 1st4sport recognised delivery centres (RDCs) and no instructor or Bikeability provider will need to claim money back from the Bikeability Trust directly. The Bikeability Trust will also contribute a VAT-exempt grant of 50% towards the cost of training up to two instructor trainers on the Level 3 award at each 1st4sport recognised delivery centre for Level 3 award training completed by 31 July 2019, on evidence of successful completion of course-based assessment (25%) and successful completion of the post-course assessment (25%).


Will 1st4sport registration numbers replace National Standard Instructor registration numbers?

National Standard Instructor (NSI) registration numbers will continue to be used until NSIs register for their 1st4sport Level 2 award in instructing cycle training, when they will be issued with a new 1st4sport registration number. All new instructors will be issued with a 1st4sport registration number. Bikeability providers should keep a record of their instructors’ current registration numbers. Instructors will use their email address and not their instructor number to log in to their profile on the Bikeability Trust’s instructor registration database.


Do existing instructors have to register for or complete the 1st4sport Level 2 award in instructing cycle training before 31 March 2024?

Existing, active instructors are expected to register for the 1st4sport Level 2 award before 31 March 2024. Registration is the start of the 1st4sport qualification process. It is expected that instructors will complete the process (i.e. achieve certification for the award) within six months following registration. To do so they will need to be delivering Bikeability to the current National Standard and Delivery Guide competently, consistently and confidently. IQA instructor observation and mentoring before registration are therefore important. 1st4sport regulations permit 12 months between registration and certification (i.e. successful completion of all assessment tasks) to allow time for any referrals and reassessments.


I am an instructor who has stopped delivering Bikeability, what should I do?

Please log-into the instructor registration database and update your instructor profile to show that you are no longer actively delivering Bikeability. If you have decided to stop delivering Bikeability completely, please email contactus@bikeability.org.uk and the Bikeability Trust will delist you.


1st4sport Recognised Delivery Centres (RDCs)

What’s an RDC?

1st4sport recognised delivery centres (RDCs) are responsible for training new instructors and assessing existing instructors for the 1st4sport Level 2 award in instructing training and the 1st4sport Level 3 award in developing cycle training instructors. They may also provide existing instructors with opportunities for continuing professional development approved by the Bikeability Trust.

Review the list of RDCs


My organisation wants to deliver the 1st4sport instructor qualifications, how do we become a recognised delivery centre?

The 1st4sport centre recognition process is set out on their website.

Organisations interested in applying to become a recognised delivery centre (RDC) to deliver the Level 2 Award in instructing cycle training should email 1st4sport directly at centreservices@1st4sportqualifications.com. Experience of delivering Bikeability is a requirement for 1st4sport delivery centre recognition, and you will be expected to deliver a minimum of 25 registrations per year. On receipt of your email, the 1st4sport Compliance and Risk Team will communicate directly with applicant centres through Athena, the 1st4sport quality assurance system where the application process is managed. Through Athena information will be exchanged to confirm you have a sufficiently qualified workforce to deliver the Level 2 award. You will also be required to upload centre policies identified through Athena. Where centres do not have existing policies in place, 1st4sport can provide exemplar templates which can be adapted by centres.


How much does it cost to become a 1st4sport recognised delivery centre?

1st4sport charge a one-off centre recognition fee of £500 (+ VAT).


How are 1st4sport recognised delivery centres quality assured?

The 1st4sport centre recognition and quality assurance processes are regulated by Ofqual and 1st4sport qualifications are included in the Regulated Qualifications Framework. The 1st4sport Level 2 and 3 awards are delivered through recognised delivery centres that are recognised and quality assured by 1st4sport. These centres must have the requisite policies, procedures and workforce resources for delivering the qualification to be recognised. Experience of delivering Bikeability is included in the 1st4sport delivery centre recognition criteria. They must also follow national qualifications delivery guidance created by 1st4sport to ensure consistent delivery of the Level 2 and 3 awards. 1st4sport visit all RDCs at least once a year to assure high-quality delivery.


What support will recognised delivery centres get from 1st4sport?

1st4sport provides recognised delivery centres with national delivery guidance for their qualifications. This includes a recommended learning and assessment programme, exemplar answers and levels of attainment for standardised assessment tasks, and internal quality assurance guidance. 1st4sport external quality assurers (EQAs) visit centres as part of the centre recognition process. They also receive an EQA visit when they are ready to certify their first cohort of learners, to review learner Moodle (e-portfolio) assessments and ensure they meet 1st4sport standards. The EQA visit will provide feedback to the centre on its programme and highlight areas of best practice. If areas for improvement are identified, the EQAs will create an action plan to support continuing development.


How can 1st4sport recognised delivery centres for the Level 2 award in instructing cycle training claim the £60 grant contribution towards the cost of existing instructors’ practical assessment?

Level 2 recognised delivery centres (RDCs) may claim payment of the £60 grant contribution within two months of the instructor’s 1st4sport certification date (typically ten days after successful assessment). 1st4sport will confirm successful assessment completion with certification data provided to the Bikeability Trust at the beginning of each month.

Level 2 RDCs must ensure existing instructors’ names, email accounts and NSIA/NSIP/NSIQ numbers are included to their 1st4sport registration record. Level 2 RDCs must populate the ‘Partner identifier’ field with the NSIA/NSIP/NSIQ number. Without this information the Trust will be unable to process centres’ grant payment claims.
In order to claim the Trust’s £60 grant payment, 1st4sport Level 2 RDCs must:

  • provide full and accurate information when registering existing, active Bikeability instructors for the 1st4sport Level 2 award in instructing cycle training
  • include instructors’ NSIA, NSIP or NSIQ number in the ‘Partner identifier’ field in the 1st4sport registration record
  • provide the instructor’s name, NSIA, NSIP or NSIQ number and email address for each £60 grant payment claim
  • submit their grant payment claims within two months of the instructor’s 1st4sport certification date (typically ten days after successful assessment)
  • not include VAT in the grant payment claim (the grant is VAT exempt).

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Is continuing professional development compulsory?

Bikeability instructors registered for the 1st4sport Level 2 award in instructing cycle training, or the Level 3 award in developing cycle training instructors, are expected to complete 7.5 hours of CPD each year. Internal quality assurance leaders in registered Bikeability providers are also expected to participate in relevant professional development. Registered Bikeability providers and instructors are free to plan their own professional development, but the Bikeability Trust recommends they choose approved professional development wherever possible.


What if there are no Bikeability Trust approved professional development events near to me?

1st4sport recognised delivery centres (RDCs) are located across England. All may seek Bikeability Trust approval of their professional development. Registered Bikeability providers and instructors should enquire about the professional development offered or planned by RDCs.


Can I suggest professional development topics for Bikeability Trust approval?

The Bikeability Trust welcomes suggestions addressing Bikeability programme strategic priorities from registered Bikeability providers and instructors. All suggestions should be sent to contactus@bikeability.org.uk with ‘Professional development’ in the subject field. The Bikeability Trust also recommends professional development provided by external organisations that are subject to external quality assurance, for example high-quality online learning course offered by regulated training providers.


Must 1st4sport recognised delivery centres offer Bikeability Trust-approved professional development?

All 1st4sport recognised delivery centres (RDCs) are encouraged to offer approved professional development to Bikeability providers and instructors outside their own organisation but this is not a requirement. The aim of Bikeability Trust professional development approval is to support 1st4sport RDCs to deliver high-quality professional development that addresses the strategic priorities of the Bikeability programme.


Do I have to complete the Bikeability Trust’s approved professional development feedback form?

Completion of the Bikeability Trust’s professional development feedback form is a requirement of participation in Bikeability Trust-approved professional development. Participant feedback, supplied directly to the Trust in confidence via an online form on computer, tablet or smartphone, enables the Trust to assure and improve quality and informs the Trust’s decisions about continuing approval.


What value does Bikeability Trust approval add to continuing professional development?

The Bikeability Trust approves the content and format of continuing professional development (CPD) offered by 1st4sport recognised delivery centres (RDCs) and recommends CPD offered by other suppliers outside the Bikeability programme. Approved CPD addresses strategic priorities for the Bikeability programme, satisfies published approval criteria, and is subject to external quality assurance. Registered Bikeability providers and instructors should have confidence in the relevance and quality of CPD approved by the Trust, and RDCs should benefit from the promotion and quality assurance of approved CPD by the Trust.


Are the Bikeability Trust qualified to approve professional development?

Bikeability Trust staff involved in the approval process are responsible for the operation, development and promotion of the Bikeability programme on behalf of the Department for Transport. Trust staff include National Standard Instructor Trainers with strong Bikeability provider and instructor management and training experience and specialist vocational education and training expertise. The Trust works closely with 1st4sport and its recognised delivery centres to develop and implement instructor qualifications, training and assessment. The approval process will be overseen by the Bikeability Trust’s education trustee with ongoing advice from the Trust’s expert advisory groups.


Bikeability Delivery

I am an instructor, why is one of the 7 principles is ‘outcome orientated’, when we no longer use ‘outcomes’ but ‘activities’ when delivering the course?

The outcome of Bikeability should be cycling to the National Standard. All Bikeability delivery should be oriented towards achieving that outcome. This is why ‘outcome orientated’ remains as one of the 7 principles of Bikeability as listed in the 2019 Delivery Guide.


I am an instructor, must I teach riders to signal before changing riding position?

Riders should communicate their intention to change position if this would cause another road user to take action, like changing speed or direction. This is rare. The systematic routine for changing position in National Standard Element 3.1.1 ‘Maintain a suitable riding position’ involves three steps: look behind for following traffic; communicate intentions ‘if necessary’; change position ‘if there is time and space to do so’. Because riders should not change riding position unless there is sufficient time and space to do so, in most cases communicating intentions is not be necessary. Looking behind will reveal there is either is sufficient or insufficient time and space to change riding position: in both cases, communicating intentions will not be necessary (i.e. if time and space are insufficient they should not change position, if time and space are sufficient doing so will not cause another road user to take action). The important point is that riders must always look behind before changing position and accurately judge the time and space they need to change riding position safely and responsibly.


I am an instructor, how different is the current National Standard to the previous version?

The current National Standard for cycle training is simpler, larger, more inclusive and more flexible than the previous version, and it is aligned with established road-use National Standards hosted on the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency website. The National Standard provides assessment criteria for Bikeability, as set out in the Bikeability delivery guide and the Bikeability rider progression tracker.


I am an instructor, what is the most important change in the current Bikeability delivery guide?

From a learning point of view, the current Bikeability delivery guide establishes the core functions and systematic routines that underpin safe and responsible cycling strategies.This shifts the focus from what the infrastructure looks like to the application cycling functions in logical routines in different environments. Also, differentiated learning is built into the guidance. Instructors have an indication of a progression activity and inclusive guidance, so can accommodate more and less able riders. Bikeability rider progression can be recorded in the Bikeability rider progression tracker.


I am an instructor, how do I use the Bikeability rider progression tracker?

The Bikeability rider progression tracker is designed for instructors to record rider progression against National Standard assessment criteria at each Bikeability level. You should complete the course information at the top of each tracker sheet before the course begins, refer to the relevant ‘detail’ sheet for full details of all National Standard assessment criteria, and record each rider’s formative and summative assessment outcomes. When doing so, you should ask yourself this question: Has the rider independently demonstrated the ‘I CAN’ National Standard assessment criteria for each training activity? Record the results using the following four assessment outcomes:

  • Independently – the rider demonstrated the National Standard assessment criteria competently, consistently and confidently without assistance
  • With more practice – the rider needs more practice to demonstrate the National Standard assessment criteria independently
  • With assistance – the rider demonstrated the National Standard assessment criteria with assistance
  • Not yet attempted – the rider has not yet taken part in the training activity.
  • At the end of the course, you should transfer each rider’s summative assessment results from the tracker to their Bikeability certificate ‘Cycle skills profile’.


I am an instructor, what is the difference between ‘with more practice’ and ‘with some assistance’ assessment outcomes?

The main steps in Bikeability assessment (formative assessment, summative assessment, certification) are set out in the Bikeability delivery guide (p.11), together with definitions for the four Bikeability assessment outcomes (independently, with more practice, with some assistance, not yet attempted). These are used in the Bikeability rider progression tracker and recorded on each rider’s Bikeability certificate ‘Cycle skills profile’.

  • Riders cycling to the National standard independently (i.e. competently, consistently and confidently without assistance) may do so using adapted cycles or specialist technology if necessary.
  • Riders who need more practice to demonstrate the National Standard assessment criteria for a particular training activity do not require any assistance (in the form of another person), but they have not yet demonstrated the National Standard assessment criteria for the activity independently. They may be nearly there or require a lot more practice and possibly further training. Instructors should identify the areas requiring more practice in the ‘cycle skills profile’ on the back of these riders’ Bikeability certificates.
  • Riders who need some assistance to demonstrate the National Standard assessment criteria for a particular training activity do not require more practice but do need some assistance in the form of another person (rather than an adapted cycle or specialist technology) in order to demonstrate the National Standard assessment criteria. The nature of the assistance they require should be recorded in the ‘cycle skills profile’ on the back of these riders’ Bikeability certificates.
  • Riders who have not yet attempted a training activity are simply those who, for whatever reason, have not taking part in the training activity and so have not yet had an opportunity to demonstrate the associated National Standard assessment criteria.

I am an instructor, must I teach ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ riding positions in Bikeability Level 2?

The current Bikeability delivery guide (p.7) defines the primary and secondary riding positions with reference to John Franklin’s Cyclecraft and the terms ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ are used throughout the guide for consistency. However, the guide recognises that simpler definitions may be required for teaching purposes and does not mandate Bikeability providers and instructors to use the terms ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’. What is most important is that riders understand what the two riding positions mean and demonstrate how and when to use them.


I am an instructor, should additional riding positions be introduced in Bikeability Level 2?

Riders should approach, negotiate and exit junctions in the primary riding position. Before the junction they may move into or maintain the primary position, and after the junction they may maintain the primary position or move into the secondary position, depending on which riding position is most appropriate for continuing their journey. The systematic routine for negotiating junctions is presented in the current Bikeability delivery guide (pp. 18-19).

Single-lane roads sometimes widen into two unmarked lanes at the mouth of junctions. Here the primary position continues to be in the centre of the lane for the direction in which the rider wishes to travel. They should ride in the centre of the left-hand lane if turning left, and in the centre of the right-hand lane if turning right. They should not adopt a riding position in between the two unmarked lanes where they could be passed on either side by following vehicles.

Single-lane roads sometimes afford space for following vehicles to undertake riders as they approach or wait at junctions to turn right from a major to minor road. Riders should be discouraged from moving from the primary position into a riding position closer to the middle of the road in order to facilitate undertaking. Exposure to undertaking and increased proximity to oncoming vehicles present greater risks to the rider than remaining in the primary position.


Should riders perform U-turns in Bikeability Level 2?

Riders are introduced to U-turns in Bikeability Level 1 during Training Activity 1.2B. Instructors should ensure riders have sufficient opportunities to perform flowing and stopping U-turns in Bikeability Level 2 Training Activity 2.1C. Here riders must decide how to return to the start point for the journey and when to use flowing or stopping U-turns in on-road cycling.


Should riders perform a quick stop in Bikeability Level 2?

National Standard assessment criteria for Bikeability Level 2 Training Activity 2.1B include ‘apply brakes to bring the cycle to a quick stop’. This is also included in Bikeability Level 1 Training Activity 1.2A, where it must be demonstrated. At Bikeability Level 2, riders should be able to perform a quick stop on the road if necessary but are not required to do so unless it is necessary.


Should instructors risk assess training sites and routes before all Bikeability courses?

The current Bikeability delivery guide (p. 6) sets out the pre-course preparations instructors are required to carry out before all Bikeability courses. These include recording the risk assessment of the training sites and routes they will use during the course. Instructors may use the same training sites and routes on more than one occasion, but conditions at those sites are likely to change between training sessions. It is therefore essential that a current risk assessment is recorded before training takes place. It is also important that instructors work from current risk assessments that can be shared with schools and authorities should a training incident occur (for which a comprehensive incident report will also be required).


What are the prerequites for riders to participate in Bikeability Level 3?

In order to take part in a Bikeability Level 3 course, National Standard assessment criteria for Bikeability Level 2 must be demonstrated by riders. Even with a Bikeability Level 2 certificate, instructors must check riders’ Level 2 skills are in place, just as an instructor would check for Level 1 skills before starting Level 2 training. A busy T junction will provide sufficient opportunity for riders to demonstrate they are ready for Level 3 training. If a rider has not completed a Level 2 course before, they may still take part in Bikeability Level 3 once they have demonstrated Level 2 cycling ability. Please note that the minimum two hours allowed for Level 3 training does not include time for Level 1 or 2 checks.


Bikeability Management

I am a registered Bikeability provider manager, when can my instructors begin delivering Bikeability?

It is a condition of Department for Transport Bikeability grant funding that Bikeability must be delivered by registered Bikeability providers using trained and registered Bikeability instructors. The Bikeability Trust registers instructors who deliver Bikeability. Instructor training is managed by 1st4sport-recognised delivery centres (RDCs) for the Level 2 award in instructing cycle training. Existing Bikeability instructors (NSIA/NSIP/NSIQ) are expected to register for the 1st4sport Level 2 award through the recognition of prior learning (RPL) pathway before 31 March 2024 and can continue delivering Bikeability until and during their 1st4sport registration. New Bikeability instructors must register for the 1st4sport Level 2 award and successfully complete their 1st4sport award course-based assessment tasks before becoming Provisional instructors, when they can then deliver Bikeability under the supervision of a Qualified instructor. New instructors who have not yet successfully completed their 1st4sport award course-based assessment tasks cannot begin delivering Bikeability. Find out about more Bikeability instructor registration.


I am a Bikeability provider manager, how do I access Bikeability funding?

In 2016, Local Highway Authorities (LHAs) and School Games Organiser Host Schools (SGOs) applied for Department for Transport (DfT) grant funding to help them deliver Bikeability until March 2020 (later extended to March 2021). Grant-recipients decide how to deliver Bikeability locally by either using an in-house team of instructors or appointing an independent Bikeability provider to deliver training on their behalf. Allocated grant funding is only paid to the grant recipient and cannot be accessed directly by independent Bikeability providers or instructors. Transport for London is responsible for funding Bikeability in London through local transport authorities.


When will we know the funding allocations for 2021 onwards?

The Bikeability Trust are currently discussing future funding with the DfT including funding per head. Future funding arrangements for the programme will be confirmed in the (delayed) Spending Review later this year (2020).


How are SEND riders funded?

SEND riders are funded in the usual way of £40 per head, in addition to this, in the last financial year the first tranche of Innovation Fund funding resulted in a 1.4% uplift of DfT grant funding focused on riders with SEND. The funding came from Bikeability Trust charity savings on programme administration costs and Halfords partnership funding secured by the Trust. We are about to launch the second tranche of Innovation Fund funding, focused learning more about the costs involved in training riders with SEND.


I am a DfT Bikeability grant recipient, how do I record Bikeability delivery using the monitoring tool?

It is a condition of DfT Bikeability grant that recipients record their Bikeability delivery data regularly. Bikeability delivery data must be recorded using the monitoring tool. You will need an active login to access the monitoring tool. All new users should read the monitoring tool guidance before entering training delivery data (available by email request to grants@bikeability.org.uk).


I am a DfT Bikeability grant recipient, how do I change my grant allocation?

All DfT Bikeability grant recipients must confirm their annual grant allocation at the start of each financial year. It is a grant condition that recipients provide early notification if they are unable to deliver their annual allocation in full. This will enable surrendered training places to be reallocated to other recipients and delivered in the same year. Surrendered training places are reallocated on a first-come-first-served basis and in accordance with the principles of performance, quality and fairness. If you wish to amend your grant allocation, either to surrender or request additional training places, please complete a Bikeability grant amendment form (available by email request to grants@bikeability.org.uk).


I am a Local Highway Authority DfT Bikeability grant recipient, how do I claim payment?

All DfT Bikeability Local Highway Authority grant recipients must submit payment claims in arrears based on up-to-date training delivery data (see FAQ on recording Bikeability delivery). Please complete a Bikeability grant claim form (available by email request to grants@bikeability.org.uk). It is imperative that your Bikeability delivery data recorded in the monitoring tool is up to date when you claim payment. Incorrect claims based on out-of-date monitoring data cannot be approved and will result in payment being delayed until the following payment window. All LHA grant recipients must finalise their payment claims at least one week before the following payment dates:
27 April 2020.
22 June 2020
26 October 2020
25 Jan 2021
26 April 2021


I am a School Games Organiser Host School DfT Bikeability grant recipient, how do I claim payment?

All School Games Organiser Host Schools (SGO) DfT Bikeability grant recipients will receive grant payments in advance provided they their Bikeability delivery monitoring is up-to-date (see FAQ on recording Bikeability delivery). A payment of 60% of your annual grant allocation will be paid in April 2019 provided all information requested for closing the 2018/19 financial year has been provided. The remaining grant payments will be made according to below schedule below:

  • week commencing 27 January 2020 – all reported training delivery up to 9 January will be paid (c. 20% of total grant allocation)
  • week commencing 27 April 2020 – all remaining reported training delivery up to 16 April will be paid (c. remaining 20% of total grant allocation including amendments)
  • week commencing 22 June 2020 – final reporting and payment window for training delivery reported by 12 June 2020 (no further payments for 2019/20 delivery will be made after this date).

I am a DfT Bikeability grant recipient, what are the restrictions on Level 3 funding?

Department for Transport 2016-21 Bikeability grant recipients cannot reduce their Bikeability Level 3 grant allocation, but they can use the grant to deliver Level 3 training places to anyone in full-time education or training.


I am a registered Bikeability provider manager, must every rider participating in Bikeability receive a certificate, badge and handbook?

The Bikeability awarding policy is set out in the Bikeability delivery guide (p. 11) and reflects Department for Transport Bikeability grant funding conditions. The guidance aims to improve consistency in awarding practices. From May 2019, every rider must receive the complete Bikeability award (a certificate, badge and handbook) recognising the progression they have made at the highest-level of Bikeability training they have completed. This policy clarification, agreed with the Bikeability Effectiveness Advisory Group and the Department for Transport, is based on the following principles:

  • No child should be failed by Bikeability
  • Every child’s progression towards cycling to the National Standard should be recognised
  • Parents should be provided with clear information about their child’s cycling ability
  • Official Bikeability award materials should encourage trained children, supported by informed parents, to continue cycling after training.
  • This policy clarification was communicated to Bikeability grant recipients, providers and instructors before May 2019, when the ‘Cycle skills profile’ was also introduced to the Bikeability certificates to provider fuller information to parents. All registered Bikeability grant recipients, providers and instructors are required to implement the policy.


I am a registered Bikeability provider manager, how do I purchase Bikeability award materials?

Registered Bikeability providers can order Bikeability award materials (badges, certificates and handbooks) by logging-in with their provider registration number and password. All orders for Bikeability award materials must be placed through the Bikeability providers website.


I am a registered Bikeability provider manager and have made changes to the way I manage Bikeability delivery, how do I keep the Bikeability Trust up to date?

All Department for Transport grant recipients and registered Bikeability providers must renew their registration annually and provide current information about how they manage Bikeability. They can update their registration contact details at any time by logging-in and selecting ‘Edit Details’.


I am a DfT grant recipient, can I upload Bikeability rider progression tracker data in the Bikeability delivery monitoring tool?

The Bikeability rider progression tracker is designed for instructors to record Bikeability rider progression against National Standard assessment criteria. Instructors are advised to return the completed workbook to their Bikeability provider office for uploading with school registration details in the Bikeability delivery online monitoring tool. At present there is no automated facility for the tracker data to be transferred into the Bikeability delivery online monitoring tool. Grant recipients responsible for reporting Bikeability delivery using the monitoring tool may use tracker data to confirm the number of riders who attended the training.


I am a registered Bikeability provider manager, how do I use the IQA instructor observation form?

Bikeability provider managers should ensure Bikeability instructors are formally observed and mentored at least once per year as part of on-going internal quality assurance (IQA). The IQA instructor observation form will help you identify your instructors’ strengths and areas for improvement in relation to the current Bikeability delivery guide. The scores obtained from multiple instructor observations should help you focus your instructor professional development plan on priority areas for improvement.


What is external quality assurance?

External quality assurance (EQA) is the process by which small teams of cycle training and education learning experts undertake a programme of visits to registered Bikeability providers to look at provider management quality and observe Bikeability delivery quality. The Bikeability EQA programme is a long term, continuous improvement process which aims to help Bikeability providers identify strengths and areas for improvement in Bikeability management and delivery quality and assist them in implementing recommended actions. The aim of EQA is to support provider internal quality assurance (IQA) and improve the quality and effectiveness of Bikeability across England. For more information please see the documents here.


How do I renew my Bikeability provider/grant recipient registration?

Each year, all registered providers and grant recipients are required to renew their Bikeability registration (and in doing so reconfirm their commitment to Bikeability).This online process requires providers and grant recipients to submit up-to-date documentation regarding their management and delivery of Bikeability during a three month renewal ‘window’ and will be notified by email when their registration renewal is due.

If registration renewal is not completed within the required timescales, the Bikeability provider/ grant recipient will lose its registration. A checklist which sets out the information that is required for successful registration renewal can be found here


What insurance cover should registered providers have?

The Bikeability Trust requires all registered providers to have insurance cover which is appropriate and adequate for your organisation and anticipated volume of Bikeability training you plan to deliver. Unfortunately, given the wide range of different organisations and volumes of Bikeability delivery, we are unable to provide insurance recommendations or advice to applicant or existing registered providers. You should discuss your particular requirements with a reputable insurance broker.