Making journeys to school safer

10.06 | 11 December 2009 |

GCSE media pupils at Teddington Secondary School have made films to show younger children how to stay safe on the roads during their journeys to school.

The Year 11 pupils have written, produced and recorded the films as part of their coursework. They responded to a brief from Richmond Council’s safety education team to produce a series of films to make them more aware of what to look out for on the streets.

The films will be shown to Year 6 children in Primary Schools through the borough’s Junior Citizens’ scheme.

Cllr David Trigg, cabinet member for traffic, transport and parking, said: “The fact that the teenagers’ films’ will be seen by more than 2,000 Year 6 children shows how students can be motivated to get across an important road safety message to younger children while learning themselves.”

Richard Weeks, head teacher at Teddington School, said: “The weeks of research that went into each film and the safety issues around them will have been a great learning experience for the students. The calibre of their work would not look out of place as a television advert.”

Seven films have been made highlighting situations including cycling while wearing an iPod, losing control of pets and running into the street after them, playing football in the road, and not paying attention while crossing busy roads.

The films will be watched by examiners who will grade them as part of their work, and will also be used to promote the idea to other schools in the borough.

For further information contact Sam Merison.



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