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3.5. Use of language 

This guide and associated resources (including the Ride Guide and Activity Templates) are based on the National Standard, but they deliberately do not use the same language. We have adapted the language to make the documents more accessible and inclusive by using plain English.

Plain English is a style of writing that allows the reader to understand the message the first time they read it. It uses short, clear sentences and everyday words while avoiding the use of unnecessary jargon where possible. 

This approach will also help you to teach and coach using appropriate language, especially when working with children, and to avoid jargon or language normally found in policy documents.  

However, there will always be some specific words or language that you will need to use when teaching people how to cycle, for example ‘the Highway Code’, ‘gear’ or ‘pedal ready’. Make sure you explain these terms clearly.