Safer Journeys to School
Road Safety Education Resources
The Road Safety Team offer a number of road safety education packages for delivery in schools and colleges. An outline of packages available is given below.
Primary Schools Assemblies
The Road Safety Team can offer assemblies lasting about 15 minutes, covering areas such as safely crossing the road, safe cycling, seat belt safety, sustainability of walking or cycling. These often include practical demonstrations highlighting issues raised.
Year 5 - Walk It! - Pedestrian Training
Schools are offered this practical pedestrian training aimed at Year 5 students.
Walk It emphasises the messages of Stop, Look, Listen and Be Bright Be Seen. Students are shown the distance it takes a car to stop when travelling at 30mph, how to cross roads where there are no pedestrian crossings available and how to cross safely between parked cars should there be no alternative crossing place. Distractions such as mobile phones, MP3s and other children are also discussed. The health and environmental benefits of walking to school are also highlighted, which in turn eases traffic congestion around schools; making it safer for pedestrians.
For this exercise, the students are taken out on a short walk in the area local to the school in small groups, accompanied by a member of the Road Safety Team and a member of school staff.
Year 6 - Moving on Up - Presentation about the transition to Year 7
Moving on Up is a presentation for Year 6s that concentrates on the transition from primary to secondary school and the changes the students may face on their journeys as they go to new schools and increase their independence. It looks at why 12 to 15 year olds are the highest group of road casualties and how we can reduce these statistics.
This is an interactive presentation covering lots of relevant subjects such as crossing the road safely, cycling and Bikeability, the benefits of wearing a cycle helmet, the importance of wearing a seatbelt, planning for their journey to their new school, benefits of walking. The students are given interactive handsets which they use throughout the presentation to vote and make choices.
Year 8 - Ghost Street - Road Safety Training
Ghost Street is offered to secondary schools for their Year 8 students and is normally done in PHSE time.
It consists of half of the class watching a dvd which covers such issues as distractions whilst crossing the road, speeding, importance of wearing a cycle helmet, wearing a seat belt. The other half of the class are taken out in the locality of the school and use a speed gun to monitor how fast traffic is travelling around their school. The groups then swap over so everyone in the class gets to experience the whole training session.
Colleges and Sixth Forms - Southend Roadster - Young Driver's Instructional Education Scheme
Roadster is a scheme aimed at young drivers and soon-to-be drivers aged 16 to 17 years. It is a day long event which gives potential young drivers the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities highlighting the risks and responsibilities of driving.
Local schools and colleges are invited to book their sixth form students in for a full day of activities where they will take part in various practical experiences of road safety. Hazard perceptions, peer pressure, drink driving, seat belts and legal issues are among the topics that will be addressed. They also have the opportunity to drive a car under the supervision of a qualified, professional driving instructor.
Our Road Safety Team have teamed up with Essex Police, Essex Fire and Rescue Service, local driving schools, and other local agencies in order to improve tomorrow's drivers through the Southend Roadster.
For further details on any of these resources, please contact the Road Safety Team using the contact details on the right hand side of the page.
Last updated: 15th January 2013
Further pages in Safer Journeys to School
- You are here Safer Journeys to School
- Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy (SMOTS)
- Safer and Sustainable Journeys to School - Interim Strategy
- Speed Watch Challenge - Feedback
- Introducing Ziggy
- A Day in the Life of Ziggy
- Ziggy's Travel Challenge
- Making Choices - School Travel Planning
- Young Drivers
- Moving on Up - Year 6 Transition to Secondary School Presentation
- Ghost Street Programme – Year 8 Road Safety
- Mopeds and Scooters