• Children under 5 years old need to learn what traffic is, that it can be dangerous, and simple ways of keeping safe, like holding hands
  • One of the best ways for children to be safer is for adults to set a good example when using the roads, on foot or in the car
  • The road environment is essential for children’s freedom, development and fitness but roads need to be treated with respect
  • Primary school age is the best time for children to learn about using the roads safely, ready for more independent travel when they go up to secondary school
  • Most children under 9 years old are unable to judge how fast vehicles are going or how far away they are
  • The risk of children being involved in a road accident rises when they start secondary school
  • The largest number of pedestrians who are hurt on the roads are between 11 and 15 years of age
  • ">Secondary school children are likely to take greater risks without thinking about the potential consequences. Teenagers need to be taught how to assess these risks and make informed choices when using the road environment
  • ">Children are more likely to die in a road collision than from any other accidental cause – but let’s not focus on the negative – you can help!
  • ">In 2011 nearly 20% of all car occupants killed or seriously injured were 17-24 years old - when they start driving lessons a good road safety understanding will be invaluable

Secondary Schools

Historically, there is often a gap at secondary level in road safety education, just at the time when pupils are becoming more independent, are more likely to push the boundaries and take risks, and when totally independent travel and learning to drive are not that far away!

The fatality and serious injury rate of young people on the road has become a topic of both national and local concern, but we can help to protect them by raising their awareness of the dangers and the need for safe behaviour, whatever their chosen mode of transport.

Would you like to give every student in your school the road safety skills and knowledge that they require, not only for their current stage of independent travel, but also to build a foundation of understanding of the road environment that will be invaluable to them when they become drivers?

Membership of srsCULTUREforSchools will not only provide you with access to a structured curriculum to achieve this, but also with the documentation to demonstrate your commitment, and guidance documents to ensure your school’s compliance with current road risk legislation, including protecting your staff who drive for work.