Registration / Login
How do I register my school?
Fill in your school details on the Big Pedal homepage.
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 up as they will need to record and enter their results on a daily basis. Only one email address can be registered for each school, and this will be used when logging cycle journeys during the race.
I have forgotten my password / I would like to change my password. What do I do?
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 email@example.com for help.
Who can take part in the Big Pedal?
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.
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 journeys made to school. However, if the majority of your pupils are unable to cycle or scoot to school you may enter the SEN day on Wednesday 5 March 2014. Schools entering the SEN day 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. Schools which choose to take part in the SEN day can also take part in the other single stage day on the 14th March 2014 however they will only be eligible for the SEN prize on the SEN stage day.
Are scooters included in the Big Pedal?
Yes, this year the competition is open to scooters as well as bicycles. A scooter journey is worth 0.5 of a journey by bike.
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. A supporter journey is worth 0.5 of a journey.
Is it possible to just take part on certain days of the race?
Yes. Schools can either take part in the whole two-week competition or just the challenge days on Wednesday 5 March and Friday 14 March. You will be asked at registration which days you will be taking part in. There will be different prizes available for schools taking part in the challenge days, and these schools will not be eligible for the overall prizes.
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 will 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. Secondary schools may choose to do a ‘whole school’ count instead. N.B. We have a deadline of 2pm each day for schools to enter their results from the day before.
What happens if I do not register my school’s cycle journeys before the 2pm deadline each day?
For your journey data to receive its full value and to count towards each day’s points ranking, results for each day must be entered by 2pm of the following day.
If you miss the deadline for any day, your school will be given the finishing points but you will be placed in equal last position for that day. If you only miss the deadline for some of your school's classes, your other classes' journeys (those entered on time) will still count as they normally would.
If for any reason your school does miss the 2pm deadline for entering class journey details on the website, there will be an opportunity for schools to enter their late journey counts. PLEASE NOTE: these late journey entries will not receive their full value but they may help improve your overall national position.
Journeys entered after the 2pm deadline will only be valued at 15% of the value they would have received if entered on time, before the stage deadline; and will only count towards overall race position and not the stage position for that day.
If you have any outstanding late journey data, you will be notified on your school's journey log page (where you enter your daily journey counts) and given further instruction on what to do.
I have not yet received my resources?
Don’t panic, we will start sending your recourses and materials out from February onwards. In order to receive your recourses on time please make sure you register early. If you register before 17 January 2014 then you will receive them well before the start of The Big Pedal. If you register before 21 February 2014 then we will aim to get them to you just before the start. However if you register any time after then we will try to get the recourses sent out to you as quickly as we can but unfortunately we cannot guarantee that they will arrive before the start. So to avoid disappointment please register early.
I still have The Big Pedal banner left over from last year, can it be re used?
Yes! If you still have the banner then please re use it.
Is the competition fair for small / large schools?
Yes, the competition is fair for all sizes of school. Schools give their roll number at registration and their daily points are produced by working out the percentage of pupils, parents and staff that have cycled or scooted into school in relation to their school size.
There are now different categories for different sized schools: small primaries (150 pupils and under), large primaries (more than 150 pupils), and secondary schools.
School size is taken into account when working out the rankings. The clever formula which works out the points for each school each day, takes into account the school roll number given at registration so the competition is fair for all sizes of school.
PLEASE NOTE: the school roll number must be entered correctly, so for instance if only one class or year at your school is taking part, the roll number should still be of the WHOLE school and not just of the class or year taking part.
How are the results worked out for each school each day?
Basically it’s simple: the more cycle and scooter journeys made by pupils, staff and supporters each day, the better your result. To ensure competition is fair between schools with different numbers of pupils we use points, along with some fancy maths, so that scores are relative to the size of your school, using the school roll information you provide when you register.
How can I check how my school is doing?
During the race, school rankings will be publicly available on the website. Log in to your school’s homepage for more detailed information and statistics on how your school is doing, class by class, and as a whole throughout the competition.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org