Are you a teacher, youth worker, or early-learning educator? Then register now to take part in Road Safety Week! It's the UK's biggest road safety event, when thousands of schools, nurseries, colleges, community groups and organisations work together to raise awareness about road safety and help save lives. Whether you want to run road safety lessons and assemblies or launch a campaign for safer streets in your area, Road Safety Week is the ideal time to do it.
Road crashes and casualties are the biggest non-medical cause of death and serious injury among children and young people. Road danger also has a major impact on children and young people's ability to walk, cycle and live healthy active lifestyles.
Schools, nurseries and colleges can play a key role not only in developing pupils' awareness of the risks on roads, but also in reaching out to parents and the wider community and getting everyone on board with the importance of protecting kids, families and everyone else on roads. Plus road safety is a great topic to engage pupils of all ages in, while also meeting curriculum goals.
There are endless ways to get involved. Below are a few ideas to get you started, but if you register using our online form you'll receive a free email action pack with lots more advice, ideas and resources:
- Engage pupils in a discussion or activity based around our 'drive less, live more' theme. Register now to get more advice and teaching ideas on this in your free email action pack.
- If you work with 11-18 year-olds, use Brake and RSA's hands-up survey for teens as the basis for a lesson or discussion on pedestrian and cyclist safety.
- If you work with 2-7 year-olds run a Beep Beep! Day of fun road safety activities, using a pack from Brake.
- Incorporate road safety into Science, Maths, English or Drama lessons. Register to get our road safety teaching guide in your e-action pack.
- Hold a special road safety assembly with guest speakers, such as a local police officer, school crossing patrol or road safety officer from your local authority.
- Run a campaign for safer roads in your community, which could involve local media and officials. Read advice from our road safety mascot, Zak the Zebra.
- Fundraise for Brake and encourage local drivers to slow down and look out for pedestrians and cyclists by running a Bright Day for Brake (a dress-down day where everyone wears something really bright!)
- Make a road safety display in the school. Register now to get free downloadable posters in your action pack.
- Promote road safety in your newsletter and website. You could involve views from pupils on road safety and encourage families to sign the Brake Pledge.
- Challenge students to create a road safety poster/leaflet/banner/film/play. You could then display the materials in your entrance hall or a local shopping centre or arrange a screening/performance of a film or play.
- Attend a low-cost, one-day engaging young people course to help you run interactive workshops and get young people involved in promoting road safety.
- Run practical roadside pedestrian or cycle training with help from your local authority.
- Fundraise for Brake. View fundraising ideas.
Download and share our Road Safety Week marketing flyers to encourage people to register and get involved:
Road Safety Week 2015 marketing flyer - general
Road Safety Week 2015 marketing flyer - educators
Read about what other educators and communities did in 2014.
Read about what other educators and communities did in 2013.
Register now to get your free email action pack with more ideas, guidance and resources to help you get involved.