THINK! Education is a free, curriculum-linked road safety programme from the Department for Transport. The programme offers a unique, comprehensive range of interactive resources, created by road safety experts, aimed at young people aged 3 to 16 and their teachers and parents. The site aims to help reduce the number of young people killed and seriously injured on the roads.
There are separate areas for Early Years and Primary pupils aged 3 to 11, and for Secondary students aged 11 to 16.
On the secondary home page you'll find the student activities, as well as links to the parents' and teachers' sections. There is also a link for road safety professionals with guidance on using the resources with schools.
In the teachers' area there is a link to guidance on delivering road safety education for headteachers and senior leaders.
The 'Introductory notes' section provides information for classroom teachers on the importance of road safety, an overview of the resources, curriculum links and advice on how to involve parents.
The lesson plans are grouped into three subject areas: PSHE and Citizenship, Science and English and Drama. Each subject area is divided into Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 sections.
Each lesson plan includes learning objectives, curriculum links, timings and resources needed to run the lesson, with links through to the relevant activities in the students' area, as well as detailed teachers' notes.
In the students' area, the resources are divided up by topic.
The 'Incident scene' activities ask students to investigate the scenes of two collisions, before 'rewinding' and 'fast forwarding' though time to examine what caused the incidents and what the consequences were for all involved.
The activity uses film clips, photographs and information from social media messaging to engage students and get important road safety messages across. Role cards are provided for use in follow-up work.
The 'What's the story?' resources look at what influences young people's behaviour when they're out on the roads, including peer pressure and perceptions of risk.
'It's a fact' includes brief information about the laws affecting road users and some interesting statistics on who is most likely to be involved in a collision and when.
The 'Media and advertising' section includes examples of past Department for Transport road safety campaigns and some campaigns developed by young people.
Finally, 'Find your way' looks at the practical steps that young people can take to be safer when they're out and about.
The 'Journey Planner' is particularly relevant to students in Years 6 and 7 who will be travelling to a new school, or those just about to start work experience.
The site also includes a parents' area. This contains information on a variety of road safety topics, as well as guidance for helping their son or daughter to build important road safety skills.
Whether you're a student, teacher, parent or road safety professional, we hope you enjoy using the THINK! Education resources.