Around 1,300 pupils from 37 schools across Stoke-on-Trent will participate in a scheme funded by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and delivered by TTC Road Safety Services.
In a road safety lesson for Year 5 children, delivered by one of TTC’s trainers, pupils will be encouraged to consider their journey to school and how they can independently travel to school safely.
The pupils will watch a short DVD showing how Light Controlled Crossings operate, before going on a walk designed to hone their road safety awareness and hazard observation skills. The lesson will culminate in a short interactive quiz.
Nick Lloyd, director of TCC Road Safety Services, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Stoke City Council on such a valuable project. Road safety is a vital life skill which becomes increasingly important as children become more independent and start to travel to school unaccompanied.”
The initiative is fulfilling a pledge in the council’s Mandate for Change by promoting independence and healthy lives.
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, said: “This is an excellent initiative which will teach children the vital skills they need to get around safely when they are by themselves. It is particularly relevant to children in Year 5, many of whom will be walking to high school next year.
“We are always promoting the benefits of young people walking to school – boosting fitness levels, saving money and improving wellbeing. It is important that we equip our children with the knowledge and confidence so that they can reap these benefits.”
For more information contact Nick Lloyd on 01952 607183.