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A free online action pack on road safety with more advice, ideas and resources, including lesson plans, assembly presentations, activity sheets and fact sheets linked to the Road Safety Week 2017 theme of ‘Speed Down Save Lives’. This is available to all educators at:
Road crashes remain one of the biggest causes of death and serious injury among children and young people, and dangerous roads also have a major impact on their ability to walk, cycle and live healthy active lifestyles. This makes it so important to develop everyone’s awareness of the risks and also how the situation can be improved by individuals and communities now and in the future.
This year the main theme is ‘Speed Down, Save Lives’.
Speed has been identified as a key risk factor in road traffic injuries, influencing both the risk of a road crash as well as the severity of the injuries that result from crashes. An increase in the average speed of 1m/h typically results in a 3% higher risk of a crash involving injury, with a 4–5% increase for crashes that result in fatalities (World Health Organisation)
We are pleased to announce that after a significant restructure the School Crossing Patrol Service and the Safe and Sustainable Journeys to School team have merged to form the Road Safety in Schools Team. The team are looking forward to working with all our schools in Hertfordshire; to introduce a number of exciting new initiatives as well as continuing to support and deliver ongoing projects and schemes.
If you have any queries please contact Heather Hill, on 01992 556815 or at RoadSafety@hertfordshire.gov.uk.
Unfortunately due to these changes we have been unable to produce any packs for October International Walk to School month. Our partners at Living Streets do have a variety of resources on their website:
We will be working on producing some new resources for Walk to School Week in May.
Hands up in Herts School Travel Survey
The annual Hands up in Herts school travel survey is changing this year. Rather than sending out paper survey forms the Safe and Sustainable Journeys in Schools team would like schools to complete their surveys online at:
If you have already registered on the system you can go straight to the survey section of your travel plan and e mail the survey link to colleagues for them to complete for their classes and the data will automatically be updated on your travel plan. If you have already completed a survey on the system this academic year there is no need to do another one unless you are aiming for the Silver accreditation level this term. If you have yet to register on the system it is very straightforward to do but if you do experience any difficulties please don’t hesitate to contact the Safe and Sustainable Journeys in Schools team.
We are encouraging all schools to use this system to develop or update their travel plans and completing the surveys is the first step in doing this. Full training on the use of the system is provided for school staff and governors if required. For advice and training please e mail email@example.com or phone 01992 556251.
We hope that you will be able to spare the time to complete the survey this term as the data we gather helps us to monitor and evaluate our work with schools and in an increasingly challenging economic climate the ability to evidence the work that we do in partnership with Hertfordshire schools is successful in increasing the number of sustainable and active journeys to school and keeping children safe on our roads is becoming ever more important.
The Safe and Sustainable Journeys in schools team have developed a campaign to help schools try and address some of the issues associated with parents parking inconsiderately and dangerously outside primary schools. The campaign is called Don’t be a Road Monster and has been developed in partnership with students and parents from schools in Berkhamsted. The campaign consists of leaflets for parents which reminds them how and where to park safely. Parents are then invited to sign up to a parking pledge which is tailored to each school. Parents who sign up are then given a sticker to display in their car which acts as a reminder of their pledge. The campaign is launched in schools with an assembly led by a member of the Safe and Sustainable Journeys team where we show the children a short music video which can be viewed at:
Schools wishing to know more about the campaign can contact the team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dont be a road monster flyer
Dont be a road monster sticker
Although initially developed for Broxbourne area because of some isolated incidents, the poster is available for all schools to download and print if they wish. The poster encourages pupils to be vigilant and provides advice on what to do if they feel unsafe.
Staying Safe on the way to and from School: Poster