A pedestrian training scheme aimed at pupils in Year 3 (and upwards) is being rolled out across Berkshire – and in the process is creating new opportunities to engage with pupils.
Distribution of the ‘Safer Steps’ pack is underway in Slough, and local RSO Keith Beasley says that this has already resulted in the opportunity to speak at more than 20 new assemblies in 16 schools, involving around 4,500 pupils.
Safer Steps comprises a low cost workbook and DVD that parents can work through with their children to progress systematically through a range of road crossing scenarios. Starting with fundamentals, the materials progress to include more complex road junctions and signal controlled crossings.
Keith Beasley said “We feel it is essential that parents take an active role in their child’s road safety education and the Safer Steps pack provides an ideal opportunity for this. By conducting assemblies with the children at the same time as handing out the packs I am able to fire up their enthusiasm to go away and complete the books.”