Catch the Train to My Future - Schools Travel Initiative

Added 17th December 2021

Catch the Train to My Future – Opportunity for Schools

·         Low-cost, low-emission travel Initiative for Primary and Secondary Schools

·         Curriculum development

·         Staff training

·         Funded by Great Western Railway, supported by Historic England and My Future My Choice

This initiative is in response to -

·         The climate emergency and Bristol’s target for zero emissions by 2030

·         Changes to Ofsted inspection framework, encouraging schools to adopt a local curriculum

·         Groundswell of demand from school communities for learning that decolonises history

Aim – ‘Catch the Train to My Future’ Schools will enhance their curriculum to provide young people with safe travel by rail, ferryboat and foot to explore local heritage, culture and economy as well as connecting them with possible future opportunities in life by working with people from the world of work.

Context - Bristol has a rich heritage, cultural capital and huge support from businesses within the city centre. This should be accessible to all learners. The city and its environs have an expanding network of underused rail links during school hours. Travel from Temple Meads across the city centre is easily linked by ferry boat. This project will integrate the learning on the journey and the city venues with the classroom.


Oct – Jan 2021

Register for the initiative

Contact hugh@myfuturemychoice  /  0117 3290385

Survey of suitable schedule for training, trips and curriculum topics in scope.

Jan– February 2022

Staff Training


Dates for these Twilight sessions will be set to suit school schedules. This session will assess the scope for participating schools. There will be options to schedule support from Historic England Education

February - March

Staff Training


A day event in which staff explore possibilities of the venues and routes they will use and the potential for learning activity while travelling. The day will include completing a risk assessment for travel and the process for accessing free rail travel and links to packet boats.

March – May


One-to-one support for curriculum and resources planning that create coherent holistic projects that clearly achieve a range of learning objectives. Historic England Education manager and MFMC staff  will support schools with curriculum development.

Schools issued with the projects logo for display

April  – July

School trips

School trips using the rail/ ferry network. Review, improvements planning for future years.

*Costs –All training is free along with rail-travel and support from businesses and their employees for learning activity. Costs for schools after the initial trial in 2022 will be discounted rate for any ferry boat trips (much cheaper than coach hire) and costs of any future workshop activities or venue entry costs. 

Contact /07715591465 /01173290387 for more information or to register


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