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Schools Road Safety Education Programme

The Road Safety Team are committed to encourage and support all schools in the borough to integrate road safety education in to both their core curriculum and supporting activity.

In today’s society road safety education is fundamental in delivering all of the Every Child Matters outcomes. By delivering key messages, reinforcing and developing them at every stage of a child’s education we ensure they remain healthy, safe, are able to enjoy their lives and have a positive impact on their lives for themselves and the wider community. 

Much is made of the behaviour of young people once they start to ride powered two wheelers and drive cars and we feel if we educate and develop road safety from the first years of school we can shape attitudes that will carry through to adulthood.

Road safety should be taught not as a separate or specialist subject but integrated in to fabric of school life and the wider relationship between the school and parents / carers.

The Road Safety Team can supply lesson plans and resources to help with this.

 

Stepping Out Safely

'Stepping Out Safely' is Bedford Borough Council's child pedestrian training programme that covers the 5 years that children attend lower school.

The aim is to help both parents and teachers develop a child's skills for coping with traffic on the roads.

The objectives of the scheme are to reduce child pedestrian casualties and make children to be more aware of the road and the traffic on it.

In the reception year, the pack that the children are given to take home contains fun things for them to do, as well as information for their parents regarding the best way to introduce road safety to their child. The children also have a short talk during “circle” time which can be given by a member of the school staff, a PCSO or a road safety officer.

This talk covers such things as what a road is, what uses the road, why we walk on the pavement, why we must hold hands, safe place’s to play etc etc. They then receive a red certificate and sticker.

In year 1 the need to hold hand whilst out on the pavement is reinforced along with the identification of the pavement kerb and road. They also talk more about safe places to play why they need a restraint whilst in a car etc. They then demonstrate this knowledge to a member of the school staff, a PCSO or a road safety officer whilst being walked two at a time out to the kerbside along side a real road. After answering the questions (which are asked in the form of a conversation) the child will be sent an amber certificate and sticker.

In year 2 the children again visit the kerb side in a similar scenario with the questions becoming a little more detailed and specific. The children then be sent a Green certificate and sticker.

In year 3 the child receives another pack (delivered to school at the beginning of the academic year ) to take home again with fun things for them to do that prepares the way with their parents help to cross quiet roads in the correct manner. They also learn the importance of such things as wearing bright clothes the importance to use special road crossings (Zebra, Light Controlled Crossings , ( Pelican Puffin and Toucan ) School Crossing patrols, Bridges and subways etc )and identify roads that are too busy for them to cross at this stage.

In year 4 they receive a pack in the last half term of the academic year to get them to discuss with their parents and decide upon a safe route to their middle school either by foot bus or car.

For a child to achieve the most out of Stepping Out Safely schools will need parental support.

 

Year 5 and 6

The Road Safety Team will on request visit schools to deliver an assembly to a whole year group.

The team also offer Bikeability level 1 & 2 training to all schools with Year 5 and 6 cohorts. Get more details of Bikeability by clicking here (opens in a new window).

 

Year 8

The Road Safety Team will on request visit schools to deliver a lesson to Year 8 pupils ideal for a PHSE  lesson.

 

Year 8 & 9 

The team also offer Bikeability level 3 to all schools with Year 8 and 9 cohorts. Get more details of Bikeability (opens in a new window).

Year 12 & 13

The Road Safety Team will on request visit schools to deliver an assembly to a whole year group

 

Bedford Borough Council Road Safety Team  

    telephone (01234) 228336

Email road.safety@bedford.gov.uk

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