Road safety for primary

The Road Safety Team provides education and training resources for families living in Hampshire to help make it safer for all road users. They run campaigns throughout the year to highlight the importance of road safety, focusing on drivers, riders, cyclists and pedestrians. They work with a team of specialists, including the police, the Fire and Rescue Service, the NHS and other local authorities.

 

Junior Road Safety Officer 

The Junior Road Safety Officer (JRSO) scheme gives school pupils the opportunity to lead on promoting road safety to their school communities in a fun and engaging way through peer education. JRSOs are trained by the Road Safety Team to provide them with road safety knowledge and ideas to use in school.

For more information visit the Road Safety website.

 

Cycle Training

Cycling can be one of the choices available to pupils and their families, either for school journeys or for leisure activities. To support this choice, the Road Safety team provides pupils with the opportunity to undertake Bikeability Level 2 and 3 cycle training.

Bikeability Level 2 is available to Years 5, 6 and 7, and the more advanced Level 3 is available to children in Years 7, 8 and 9 that have already achieved Level 2 standard. The programme aims to develop children as responsible and safe cyclists and to help them understand how they can help to protect themselves on the road by wearing a helmet and bright clothing. Please contact bikeability.enquiries@hants.gov.uk to find out more.

 

School Crossing Patrol

The Road Safety Team offers a school crossing patrol service in Hampshire. The service aims to keep parents and pupils safe when crossing the road to school, and encourages drivers to be aware and safe.

For more information about school crossing patrols download this helpful leaflet or visit the Road Safety website.

 

Beep Beep Day

Every year thousands of tots and infants aged 2-7 take part in a BRAKE Beep Beep! Day. It's a great way to engage children with the road safety basics through fun activities, while raising awareness among parents and the wider community about protecting children on roads.

Each Beep Beep! Day will have a different theme with brand new free and low-cost resources. For more information and to register visit the Brake website.

 

Road Safety resources & competitions

Zig-Zag campaign – Does your school have a problem with people parking on the Zig-Zags outside your school? Why not use the Road Safety Zig-Zag flyer to highlight the issue and ask parents to change their behaviour.

Road Safety Parking Banner scheme – The aim of this scheme is to run a competition in schools to create a slogan which can then be made into a banner, printed and delivered free of charge, to be displayed outside the school which draws parent’s attention to parking problems.

 

The Ultimate Guide to Cycling - a digital guide, providing advice and information to get started or get you back on a bicycle. 

 

Government Think Road Safety resource: Tales of the Road

With many people having enjoyed more walking and cycling during lockdown, and families being asked to consider whether they can walk or cycle as pupils begin returning to school, now is a great time to bring road safety to life for children. Introducing the newly updated Tales of the Road education resource.

The resource contains new and updated tips and is now interactive to help young road users navigate the workbook quickly and easily! It can be accessed and completed online, or can be downloaded, allowing progress to be saved and continued another day – perfect for children to come back to whether they are learning remotely during the summer holidays or in the classroom when school resumes in September.


RouteGuard App 

Walking and cycling more improves the environment as well as young people’s mental health. Travelling sustainably to school is a benefit to our mental health and well-being as well as the environment and RouteGuard is a great way of allowing parents and carers to actively engage with their young people, planning routes and agreeing the boundaries for safe and independent travel.

RouteGuard pairs an app on the parent's phone with an app on the young person's device and allows the parent or carer to select a series of safe zones or roads to be added to the young person’s profile. The parent would then receive a notification if their child moves out of the agreed safe zone.

By signing your school up and promoting RouteGuard, you can encourage parents to allow their child to be more active and the parents to be more confident as they begin to travel independently.

As a school, you just need to register and you will be allocated a code, which you share with any interested parents. The parent then downloads the RouteGuardian app on their phone, using your code and paying £2.99; they then set up their own account on their device. The parent will then be sent another code which links to the RouteGuard app on their child’s device, which allows the accounts to be connected and therefore notifications be sent to and from the devices. Parents can use the same code to connect to different devices if they have more than one child.

 

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