New road safety resource for schools

A NEW resource to help improve road safety education was launched in primary schools in the Borders last week.

The Travel Safe Charter is a unique approach to promoting safe road practises to young people, seeking a commitment from schools and other agencies to develop curricular activities and partnership working.

Scotland’s national Road Safety Framework aims to reduce road deaths by 50 per cent through 2020 and the Travel Safe Charter has been designed to promote these key visions to Pl- P7 year groups in schools nationwide.

The Charter provides advice and guidance on a range of policies, practises and procedures while encouraging and rewarding individual efforts. It will fit within the existing Curriculum for Excellence framework.

Travel Safe will reinforce and consolidate current good practices, whilst highlighting partnership working, parental input and involvement from the local community.

All schools will submit evidence demonstrating they have achieved the goals set within the Travel Charter framework and will be acknowledged accordingly through the award of a Charter certificate.

The schools judged to be meeting these criteria will be given Travel Safe accreditation, which will be reviewed after three years.

Chief Inspector Jim Royan from Lothian and Borders Police Safer Communities said: “Too many lives are lost needlessly on our roads each year and the earlier we can educate young people on road safety issues the better.

“School is where children receive the vast majority of their education and it’s appropriate for schools to play a key role in promoting road safety to their pupils.

“However, they are not alone in this project and police and partner agencies will provide all the necessary support and guidance schools require when adapting their curricular programme.

“We would urge any parents who want to get involved to get in touch with their child’s school.”