Date(s) - 21/11/2016 - 25/11/2016
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Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event, when thousands of schools, nurseries, colleges, community groups and organisations work together to raise awareness about road safety and help save lives.
Road crashes and casualties are the biggest non-medical cause of death and serious injury among children and young people. Road danger also has a major impact on children and young people’s ability to walk, cycle and live healthy active lifestyles.
Schools, nurseries and colleges can play a key role not only in developing pupils’ awareness of the risks on roads, but also in reaching out to parents and the wider community and getting everyone on board with the importance of protecting kids, families and everyone else on roads. Plus road safety is a great topic to engage pupils of all ages in, while also meeting curriculum goals.
There are endless ways for us to get involved. Below are a few ideas which we will be using for the week:
- Engage pupils in a discussion or activity based around our ‘drive less, live more’ theme.
- If you work with 2-7 year-olds run a Beep Beep! Day of fun road safety activities, using a pack from Brake.
- Incorporate road safety into Science, Maths, English or Drama lessons.
- Hold a special road safety assembly with guest speakers, such as a local police officer, school crossing patrol or road safety officer from your local authority.
- Run a campaign for safer roads in your community, which could involve local media and officials.Read advice from our road safety mascot, Zak the Zebra.
- Fundraise for Brake and encourage local drivers to slow down and look out for pedestrians and cyclists by running a Bright Day for Brake (a dress-down day where everyone wears something really bright!)
- Make a road safety display in the school.
- Promote road safety in your newsletter and website. You could involve views from pupils on road safety and encourage families to sign the Brake Pledge.
- Challenge students to create a road safety poster/leaflet/banner/film/play. You could then display the materials in your entrance hall or a local shopping centre or arrange a screening/performance of a film or play.