Associate Feature: Road safety learning for life
Road safety is a skill for both life and work. It is not merely something that’s taught in nursery and school but also at home and crucially, out and about in the road environment.
Road Safety Scotland’s learning resources are designed to help equip children with road safety skills, knowledge and attitudes that will help keep them safe now and later in life. The challenge lies in making road safety learning truly relevant and accessible for all. This is why, we have adopted an approach over the years, to ensure that our learning materials are ‘fit for purpose’.
In partnership with education and subject matter experts, we have produced high quality road safety learning resources for all ages and stages of a young person’s learning (aged 3-18 years). All of our resources are fully linked to Curriculum for Excellence.
Collaboration is key to successful road safety outcomes. Our close partnership working with organisations, within education settings and the wider community, remains vital if we are to continue to engage our children and young people in active and experiential learning, providing them with an essential life skill.
As adults, we need to take on the responsibility of leading by example and demonstrating to our children and young people that what they’ve been learning at school can be easily put into practice on the pavement, crossing the road, cycling to school, in the car. This may require a fair degree of patience in our modern road environments and that can be very challenging for us in our busy lives. However, it’s worth remembering that children, especially young children, will copy what they see and hear, and repeat those behaviours. So, it is vitally important the significant people in children and young people’s lives lead by example and are good role models.
This article is sponsored by Road Safety Scotland.