Road Safety Education for Children and Young People
Two thirds of all fatal accidents involving children and young people are as a result of road collisions (source: Department for Transport) - the only way we are going to have any impact on this is to educate from as early an age as possible. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service have resources available for educating children in road safety.
Let's Walk is a child pedestrian training programme for Year 3 and 4 pupils. The programme aims to increase children's knowledge and understanding through practical experience and training and to prepare them to become independent road users. We hope this will in turn encourage parents to walk to school with their children and therefore reduce traffic and congestion at the school gate.
Bikeability is a National Standard for Cycle Training course currently being delivered to Year 5 and 6 children in schools across the UK. It covers basic cycle control skills, the use of safety equipment, road safety knowledge and cycling manoeuvres with a view to trainees having the skills and confidence to make their every day journeys by bike. Part of the training takes place on quiet roads to enable trainees to apply their learning in a real environment.
Cheshire East Council is working in partnership with Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC), the UK's national cyclists' organisation, to offer as many Year 5, 6 and 7 children across the borough as possible the opportunity to receive FREE Bikeability training by 2012. The key outcomes for Bikeability cycle training are to give children the knowledge and experience to ride safely on roads and understand how traffic behaves. This method has been seen to encourage cycling as both a leisure activity and a commuting tool.
All primary and secondary schools across the Borough are currently being contacted to offer them FREE Bikeability training for all their pupils in Year 5, 6 and 7 and beyond thanks to funding from ‘Cycling England’. Training is delivered by Cyclist Training Ltd (CTL) , a professional cycle training company who are working on behalf of Cheshire East Council. All instructors are fully qualified, insured and CRB checked.
Training takes place over 2 full days on a date to suit the school and includes a small amount of theory homework that pupils complete overnight between day 1 and 2.
If you are a school who would like to book Bikeability for your pupils, contact CTL direct (details below). Cheshire East Council are also working towards offering Level 2 Bikeability training more widely than schools. To find out where else you can access training, contact either Cyclist Training Ltd on 01785 818193 or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Road Safety Team.
Junior Road Safety Officers
Up to 2 children in Year 6 are nominated to become Junior Road Safety Officers to act as a focus for promoting road safety messages in their school. Visit our Junior Road Safety Officer page for more details.
A project that involves pupils investigating why drivers speed, what the consequences can be, why there are different speed limits on different roads, ways to control vehicle speed and analysis of road safety publicity. Pupils also have the opportunity to conduct a roadside survey of traffic speeds in their local area using a speed gun.
We have a large selection of road safety themed books, games,CD Roms, DVDs and teachers packs for all age groups available for loan free of charge. Many link to the National Curriculum and are suitable for use in most curriculum subjects. Ideal for PSHE or safety days. Contact the Road Safety Team to discuss what's available and to arrange a loan.
Road Safety Roadshow
An emotive presentation aimed at Year 11 students exploring the circumstances leading to and consequences of a road traffic collision involving a group of young people. The presentation focuses on the role and responsibility of being a passenger in a vehicle and the consequences their choices and behaviour can have. Presented in partnership with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cheshire Police and the Health Authority.
Sixth Form Programme
A package of 2 presentations, one for Year 12 and one for Year 13 students, exploring issues around becoming a new driver including drink/drug driving, speed, seatbelts, vehicle condition and peer pressure. A separate presentation that goes into more detail about drug impaired driving is also available. An informal, interactive initiative called the Cheers Bar also tours schools and colleges to promote key messages about the risks of drink and drug driving and how to avoid becoming a drink driver.
Contact us for further information on our road safety education programme for children and young people.