Lesson 6: Taking action

Looking at how students could 'take action' to improve road safety awareness in their local area.

Learning objectives

For students to:

  • evaluate and help develop their school's road safety policy
  • find out more about their local authority's road safety policy
  • seek to raise road safety on the school's agenda
  • consider how they can take responsibility for their road safety.

Resources

Curriculum

Links to Key Stage 3
Citizenship 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3e

Links to Key Stage 4
Citizenship - 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3d, 3g

Time

60 minutes to perform initial research
Activity can be extended as appropriate depending on the level of involvement required.


  • Ask students to investigate how road safety is tackled locally, e.g. by their school and their local council. How could road safety be improved in their area? Are there any areas around the school that are of particular concern?
  • Students can undertake web-based research on the local council website and through local media web sites. You could ask them to contact senior leadership in the school or local councillors with any questions.
  • This lesson provides an opportunity to invite road safety specialists into school to talk to the students. For example, local emergency services, council officials or representatives from campaigning organisations.

Research

For example, students could:

  • interview representatives from the whole school community/send them a questionnaire to find out more about their attitudes/experience of road safety (students, teachers, parents, local people)
  • interview a local road safety officer (they could ask them where are the local blackspots, for instance?)
  • find out the 'killed or seriously injured' (KSI) statistics for their local area, and where incident hotspots are
  • find out whether there is a school road safety policy, and what it covers
  • examine the school's travel plan to see if it includes road safety initiatives such as parental parking or end-of-day times co-ordinated with other local schools
  • find out whether the school council looks at road safety.

Action

After completing this research, students could find a way to improve road safety in their area. They could:

  • make pledges about what actions they will take to keep themselves or others safer
  • seek pledges from the whole school community (they could also seek pledges from the school leadership team if they have identified any ways in which the school could improve road safety, or from others in the school community, including parents, perhaps following on from interviews / questionnaires)
  • run their own in-school road safety campaign, with the help of their local road safety officer (the Tune into traffic case study (PDF 220KB) - new window could provide inspiration, offering an example of a young person who has campaigned on road safety issues)
  • station themselves at the school entrances at the start or end of the school day or at lunch time and record what they see, in writing or by taking photos (e.g. Are people using any crossings provided? How many people are cycling? Are cars parking safely and with consideration to other road users? Are people exiting cars onto the pavement or into the road?)
  • produce a report to present to the school's senior management to report findings.