The region's road safety teams deliver a huge amount of work in schools and colleges. This work ranges from very basic safety information for parents and pre-school children, to more complex activities such as practical child pedestrian training, cyclist training, drug drive education, and pre-driver training.
Practical Child Pedestrian Training
This scheme is delivered in most local authorities. The schemes are based on the KERBCRAFT model developed in Drumchapel, Glasgow, by Professor James Thomson at the University of Strathclyde.
The training is designed to teach pedestrian skills to children in primary schools, by means of practical road-side training rather than teaching in the classroom. It is built around teaching three skills: choosing safe places and routes; crossing safely at parked cars; and crossing safely near junctions. The scheme examines risk, hazard and danger, and through coaching, children understand and learn at a very early age the necessary skills to be safer when walking.
Children are taught over a number of weeks in the road environment near their schools, in small groups by trained volunteers. For more information contact your local council road safety officer.
The national standard for cyclist training, known as Bikeability, is offered free to children from the age of nine to help develop their essential cycling skills.
Bikeability is delivered in schools using approved, accredited instructors and has changed the way children are taught to ride. It is a progressive scheme that moves through three levels to give parents the reassurance that their children have the necessary skills and confidence to cycle at each stage of their development and particularly to cycle to school.
Level one: is designed to teach children from the age of nine basic cycling skills in a safe off-road environment.
Level two: training is carried out on roads in real situations allowing children to put their new skills into practice.
Level three: training is aimed at older children, and adults, who want to travel freely in a wide range of situations when they are likely to go on longer and more independent journeys.
The National Standard for Cycle Training sets out the skills needed for cyclists to be competent and confident using their bikes for all sorts of journeys. Building on the experience of Cycling Proficiency, the National Cycle Training Standard has been developed by more than 20 expert organisations in response to public demand for a modern, nationwide scheme that caters for today's road conditions.
Training is provided by instructors accredited to the National Standard whose qualification has been approved by the Cycle Training Standards Board. Instructors are accredited by approved centres and the training schemes they run are also accredited to meet National Standard outcomes.
Junior Road Safety Officer (JRSO) Scheme
The JRSO scheme encourages primary schools to highlight the importance of road safety among their pupils. Children in Years 5 and/or 6 are chosen to be JRSOs to raise awareness of road safety among their friends, teachers and local community. JRSOs get involved in school assemblies on road safety topics, running competitions and organising safe and active travel activities. Currently the scheme only runs in County Durham but will be expanding to other local authority areas soon.
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GET CLUED UP - anti drug drive education
There's no doubt that driving under the influence of illegal drugs is a growing problem, especially among young drivers - and that includes school and college students. Supported by the GEM Motoring Assist road safety charity and the Road Safety GB North East road safety teams, the GET CLUED UP initiative is all about helping young drivers and passengers make safe choices when driving, now and in the future.
The GET CLUED UP website is designed to give easy access to all the information that young people need to get the most from this initiative in their school or college.
For more information about GET CLUED UP in your area, contact your local road safety officer or go to: www.getcluedup.info