Registration / Login
How do I register my school?
Simply fill in your school details on the Big Pedal registration page.
What is a DfES / SEED / Inst Ref number? (You will need this to register)
England and Wales Schools have a seven-digit DfES number. It is made up of the school’s LA number (three digits) followed by its Establishment number (four digits). Look these up, or ask your school office.
Scotland Schools have a seven-digit SEED number. Look yours up, or ask your school office.
Northern Ireland Schools have a seven-digit Inst Ref No. Look yours up, or ask your school office.
I am a school travel coordinator / Sustrans school cycling officer. Can I register my schools for them?
You can offer to help your schools register, but we recommend you get a school staff member to sign their school or class up as they will need to record and enter their results on a daily basis.
Only one email address can be registered for those entering the whole school competition and this will be used when logging cycling or scooting journeys during the challenge.
How do I change/reset my password, or have it sent to me if I forget it?
When you login there is an option to reset your password.
I am having trouble logging in. What do I do?
Please make sure you are using the email address you registered your school with and the password you created at registration.
Sometimes there are problems with the internet connection so it is worth testing a few times. If you are still having trouble please email firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Who can take part in the Big Pedal 2017?
ALL schools in the UK can take part in the Big Pedal (provided they have a DfES, SEED or Inst. Ref no. – what are these?) Pupils, parents and staff at participating schools can all join in. If you have fewer than 35 children on your school roll, register for the class competition.
Are scooters included in the Big Pedal?
The competition is open to scooters as well as bicycles.
What if I enter as a class but later the whole school want to enter?
You are able to change your settings right up until the start date of the competition. If your whole school wish to take part, you are able to change your settings and enter as a school.
We are a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school. Can we take part?
Yes, SEN schools can compete too. If your pupils are able to cycle or scoot to school then you may enter the Big Pedal just like any other school and count your journeys.
However, if the majority of your pupils are unable to cycle or scoot to school regularly you can take part in our one-day challenge. Schools entering the one-day challenge may use school pool bikes and static bikes and count journeys made at school – it is up to the discretion of school staff what constitutes one journey taking into account pupil ability.
What counts as a supporter journey?
A supporter journey is a journey made by school staff, or by parents/siblings/guardians who have accompanied the pupil on their journey to school. Supporters must have also made the journey by bike or scooter.
Is it possible to just take part on certain days of the race?
Yes. Schools are able to record journeys on all 10 days of the competition; however you can identify five or one specific day to take part on should you wish. However, the more you enter, the more potential there is to record higher participation rates.
How can I see which schools in my area are taking part?
How do schools record their cycle and scooter journeys once the race starts?
Ensure you download class record sheets for all your classes from the resources page. Teachers log their class journeys on these sheets. Schools then log in to their school home page on the Big Pedal website each day and enter the number of cycle and scooter journeys made in each class. If entering as an individual class, simply enter your data straight on to your homepage.
N.B. All results must be entered on to the website by 9am on Monday 3 April.
What happens if I do not register my school's journeys before the 9am deadline each day?
For your journey data to count towards each day's points ranking, your daily results must be entered by 9am the following day.
If you miss the deadline, your points for that day will still be added to your overall score, however your school will not move up the daily rankings board. If you miss the deadline for some of your school's classes, journeys that have been entered will still count towards your daily total.
Schools have until 9am on Monday 3 April to enter their data, should they find it difficult to log their journeys daily.
PLEASE NOTE: If all journeys are entered on 3 April, they will only count towards your overall race position and not your daily position. You will not be eligible for the daily prize draws if you enter your results on 3 April.
I have not yet received my resources?
Resources will be sent out to schools from February onwards. In order to receive your resources on time, please make sure you register early. If you register after 6th March we cannot guarantee that they will arrive before the start of the event.
Is the competition fair for small / large schools?
Yes, the competition is fair for all sizes of school. Schools enter their whole school roll or individual class size at registration and their daily points are produced by working out the percentage of pupils that have cycled or scooted into school in relation to their school or class size.
PLEASE NOTE: The school or class roll number must be entered correctly. If you are entering the class competition, the total number of pupils in that class must be entered. If you are entering the school competition, the total number of pupils in the school must be entered when you register.
How are the results worked out for each school each day?
The greater number of cycle and scooter journeys made by pupils each day, the better your result. Scores are based on a percentage of the total number of pupils in your class or school taking part, as opposed to a sum total of participants.
How can I check how my school is doing?
During the race, school rankings will be publicly available on the website. As schools are able to enter results daily or at the end of each week, a more accurate picture of their progress can be obtained after 6pm every Friday.
How do I know if my school has won?
The results will be published at the end of the competition on the website and all prize-winning schools will be emailed by the organisers.
More questions? Please contact the Big Pedal team: email@example.com