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Road Safety Resources for Teachers

Are you the Head of Key stage 3?

Did you know that the most significant risk of injury whilst travelling out and about in Gloucestershire for pupils aged 12,13 and 14 years is when they are pedestrians?

Car passengers and cyclist are also over represented in our overall casualty figures taken from the last 5 years.

That is why we the Gloucestershire road safety team are working hard to support you in safe guarding your students, the resources below are free and available now


Secondary Car Passenger Y8, presentation and lesson plan – available to download

Car passenger casualties make up a fifth of all road traffic injuries in this County and young passengers are at great risk if not properly protected. This 45-minute presentation aims to increase the level of seatbelt-wearing amongst teenagers by explaining what happens if a seatbelt is not worn and exploring the reasons why young people may not comply. With distraction a major cause of collisions this presentation also highlights ways in which passengers can distract drivers. By changing behaviour and forming strategies to reduce these risks, this presentation will contribute to reduced harm caused by traffic collisions.


The most popular form of transport for getting from A to B is a car and in Gloucestershire car occupants, aged 16 – 24 are the age group most likely to be killed or seriously injured. Our collision data informs us passengers aged 15 – 19 are at greatest risk. This workshop focuses on encouraging young people to ‘speak up’ to careless or dangerous driving. It is designed to empower decision making and provides some useful strategies to reduce risk. The presentation is 45 minutes long and is delivered by operational firefighters.

New Journey @ SkillZONE – a peer mentoring project, delivered by Road Safety staff by arrangement

Research shows that peer-mentoring can be a really impactful technique for young people. We have designed a project where that technique is a key feature with the aim of reducing preventable injuries both on the road and in the house by reaching out to all new secondary students. We invite 30 selected students from Year 8 to come to SkillZONE for a volunteer-led session based around safety in the home, on the bus and around roads.

With these newly gained skills, these students ‘coach’ the new Year 7’s when they start in September, to reduce their risk and improve their confidence, which will set them up for the next five years of independent travel to and from their secondary school. This project is organised by the Schools Safety Officer at Gloucestershire Road Safety Team working with support from SkillZONE and Retained Fire Fighters.




Are you the Head of Key stage 2?

Did you know a significant risk of injury when travelling on Gloucestershire’s roads to children aged 5 to 11 yrs will be as a pedestrian?

Young car passengers and cyclists are also represented in our last five years of casualty figures.

That is why we the Gloucestershire road safety team are working hard to support you in safe guarding your pupils, the resources below are free and available now.


Junior Forces and In Car Safety, presentation and lesson plan – available to download
Did you know that, in a crash at 30 miles per hour, a child who isn’t wearing a seat belt could get thrown forward with a force equivalent to the weight of a baby elephant? This presentation is designed to teach pupils what can happen to objects in a car when it stops and using some maths they calculate the force of an object travelling at 30mph. Children learn how a seatbelt should be used and discover the importance of using a booster cushion working with ‘what’s wrong?’ pictures. Children engaged in this presentation are encouraged to take the message home to their family to help make every journey as safe as possible.

Year 6 Practical Pedestrian Training – delivered by Road Safety staff by arrangement

This lesson is entirely practical, using a road with traffic as the pupils’ ‘class room’. The aim is to enable pupils to discover for themselves the safest methods of crossing the road in different situations. Using the same methods on-road cycle training adopts, this practical teaching will give them the confidence to become independent pedestrians. We follow a risk assessed route, with adult supervision, using controlled and uncontrolled crossings in the vicinity of the school. Using a Q&A approach pupils are encouraged to ask questions and to think about their own safety when moving up to secondary school. The session ends with a pupil summary of key safety statements.

Year 5 and 6 Pedestrian Safety presentation – delivered by Road Safety staff by arrangement

This presentation will prepare Year 5 and 6 pupils for greater exposure to risk, when they start at their new secondary school. This classroom session enables pupils to understand the reasons why young people are vulnerable as pedestrians. Different situations are explored and pupils are asked to identify the risks and discuss ways to overcome them. This helps them develop strategies for safe travel; essential education for your pupils who will soon be travelling independently to secondary school.


Infant Y1 In-car lesson plan– available to download

This lesson is designed for pupils to consider different safety items e.g. goggles, gloves, jacket etc in different sizes and understand how they reduce injury. This leads pupils to understand the importance of safe travel in the car which includes safe car access and the need to for children to be in the right car seat. They also discover the need for the driver to concentrate and crucially not to distract the driver.


Pre-school In-car lesson plan– available to download

Children of all ages need to understand the importance of restraints when travelling in a car. In this session, pre-schoolers discover a slightly damaged model ‘person’ made of recycled materials or ‘Duplo’ and listen to a story of how the model was damaged because it wasn’t safely secured in the car. This leads into talking about behaving well in the car and when getting in or out of a vehicle.

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