I'm exploring the options for charging for cycle training in the event that it ever becomes necessary. We currently deliver FOC to pupils in school day and are funded internally. I'd be interested to hear of how others who charge for the service do so. Also, has anyone ever surveyed parents in their area to get feedback on how they see the value of Bikeability? And if so, would they be willing to share their survey?
West Sussex County Council
Hi Dean. We've had good uptake from schools prepared to pay for Balance Bike training. Though it maybe makes it easy for us that we are already charging schools for a full package of coaching, competitions etc as a School Sports Partnership, so it's just an "add-on" to their bill. Also there are only so many activities that schools can buy in for Foundation stage pupils, so this helps them to demonstrate that their spending is spread more evenly across the age groups.
We do occasionally get direct bookings from parents looking for us to teach their youngsters to ride, where they have struggled to teach them themselves. Generally these are referred to us by the schools. We've never had a parent quibble over our fee for this, but then this is people who are proactively looking for training.
Many thanks for your response. We too are starting some Balance Bike training but for now this is funded from DfT grant. We are in the position that education are looking at the possibility of removing their funding so we need to get some sort of charging model agreed for if that time comes.
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