Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a new interactive road safety workbook for students home-learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
The workbook is a free resource available for road safety officers and others to use and distribute to students and colleagues for home schooling purposes.
The first module, which has been sent to schools across the Service area, focuses on the importance of essential travel and it is targeted at KS3, KS4 and KS5.
There are exercises to complete, an assignment, and a quiz to test learning, as well as content to help mental health and promote interaction with family members.
By completing the course, students will have a better understanding of what essential travel means and why it is important; what could distract road users in the current climate, and the consequences of an incident or injury on the roads; and the safety measures people can take when making essential journeys now, and when travelling normally again post-lockdown.
Christine Sharma, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service’s road safety manager, said: “We normally work directly with schools but, while that isn’t possible, we wanted to make sure that road safety was still being taught and understood.
“In the current climate, the use of our roads has changed significantly. We have seen an increase of risky behaviour such as speeding and new cyclists not wearing helmets or reflective clothing.
“The workbook encourages students to consider the impact of this on the community and, of course our NHS, which we are all desperately trying to support and protect.
“We also signpost for other issues like mental health and other safeguarding issues which may be affecting families at home.”
Future modules will focus on drivers, pedestrians and getting about on two-wheels.
All modules will be aligned with the PSHE curriculum, encompassing elements from Health & Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.
Click here to access the workbook.