St. Patrick's Glen Primary School
161 Glen Road
Tel: 028 7964 3267
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St. Patrick’s Primary School Glen
Road Safety Education
This draft policy has been prepared in association with DOE Road Safety Education Officer Service and in consultation with Parents, Governors and Staff.
The ethos of St. Patrick’s is to maintain a safe, stable and caring learning environment in which pupils, parents and staff work together to develop self respect and respect for others. This policy document reflects the aims and objectives of the school, taking account guidance received from the DOE Road Safety Education Officer Service.
The school has consulted with staff, parents and governors.
MORAL AND VALUES FRAMEWORK
We value all our pupils equally. It recognises the challenges of modern life. The school will strive, in partnership with those in parental responsibility, to educate children in the proper and safe use of roads, promoting safer behaviour and practice as well as an attitude that respects those dangers which will be encountered on or near roads.
The school acknowledges the diverse backgrounds of its pupils and that they will face a wide variety of risks. Since perception, expressive language and understanding are critical to this life skill lessons will endeavour to meet the needs of children particularly challenged in these areas.
Given this situation, one of the focuses of the school’s Road Safety Education Programme will be to encourage all of our pupils to develop their self esteem and confidence to enable them to make critical and informed decisions regarding road safety now and in later life.
The teaching of Road Safety Education will not solve all of our community’s road safety problems but with a carefully planned programme, our children can be better equipped when confronting the many issues and situations which arise on or near our roads.
KEY AIMS OF THE ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION PROGRAMME
o To place the pupil at the centre of a programme that helps them to understand the impact of road safety upon their lives and those of others;
o To equip children with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to make informed choices and decisions about their own behaviour as pedestrians, passengers or cyclists on or near roads;
o To encourage parental responsibility;
o To make children aware that actions have consequences on themselves and others;
o To help children develop respect for themselves and others by encouraging positive role modelling within the school environment through peer support strategies;
o To enable children to communicate their views and feelings about road safety using appropriate language;
o To develop self-confidence and awareness in pupils so that they can give correct information and cope adequately with inaccurate information and detrimental peer pressure;
o To engage children in risk assessment exercises relating to road safety issues in hypothetical and real, locally based situations.
Primary school age deaths and serious injuries in our province fall into the main categories of:
passengers in vehicles; and
Our School will endeavour to make its contribution to community efforts aimed at reducing the number of children killed and seriously injured on our roads and contribute to the overall casualty reduction targets set out in Northern Ireland’s Road Safety Strategy .
THE ROLE OF ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION
We acknowledge that Road Safety is of prime importance to everyone connected with the school and the community it serves.
Rule 7 of “The Highway Code” clearly identifies those with parental responsibility as being responsible for the task of deciding upon young children’s Road Safety readiness.
Road Safety is, therefore, primarily influenced by:
Children’s experiences at home
In recognition of the important role of those with parental responsibility, this school encourages all parents to take time to walk with their young children, to the shops, for example, and to model responsible pedestrian practices.
Our School believes that it is important for parents and their children to realise that their behaviour has implications for themselves and others.
ORGANISATION OF THE ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION PROGRAMME
Road Safety Education will be taught across the curriculum, but mainly through Personal Development & Mutual Understanding, The World Around Us, Religious Education, and ICT.
Specific topics such as Cycling Proficiency will be addressed, as set out in the school’s curricular framework, Road Safety is best addressed through a combination of subject specific and cross curricular approaches. This approach will ensure that Road Safety Education is a regular and normal part of a child`s education at our School.
Staff will use a variety of teaching strategies and approaches which incorporate the use of all of the children’s senses. Tasks and experiences will be in keeping with the maturity of pupils whilst taking particular account of the mobility, visual and auditory needs of all pupils in practical situations.
Class teachers will deliver a Road Safety programme and normal classroom arrangements will prevail during road safety related activities. Occasions may arise, when the expertise of outside agencies and other professionals will be used.
Where it is necessary to alter this, the consent of parents will be sought.
Teachers are encouraged to base as much Road Safety teaching as possible on existing schemes and topics and to include practical sessions in the school`s locale.
Our School recognises the need to develop whole staff awareness of our children’s needs and strategies for ensuring that those needs are met. As issues and opportunities are identified, staff will engage in training for Road Safety Education.
We will seek to ensure that the Road Safety Education programme is relevant and accessible to pupils, regardless of age, culture, disability, gender, religion or social class.
We will ensure that children from rural/farming locations and those from residential areas all get valuable lessons from our programme.
All children will be taught together through lessons appropriate to their age and development.
Review of Road Safety Education procedures and provision will take place after the first full year of implementation and thereafter as required.
Proposed Line of Development : Main Aims : Primary
Before they leave Primary School, most children in our care should know:
At St. Patrick’s we are children who:
Enter the car park only when a parent or teacher is present;
Open and close school gates only with permission;
Know that in P1, P2 and P3 we wait for our carers to collect us at the fence/ door;
Line up quietly and follow the teachers’ and drivers’ instructions when leaving school by taxi or bus;
Help our friends or younger children when they are near roads;
Ask known adults for help as required when we are on or near roads;
Know that the wearing of seatbelts, where available, is the safest way to travel on all school related outings whether in buses, taxis or cars.
Always stay behind the leading teacher and in front of the rear guard when walking on school visits or outings;
Wait patiently for balls, hoops, bean bags etc. which have escaped to the road or neighbouring property to be retrieved by a member of staff;
Are advised to bring bicycles on to school grounds only if we are wearing suitable cycle helmets;
When arriving at school, dismount our bicycles at the pedestrian gate and walk them to the cycle park provided and repeat this procedure when leaving school.
ROAD SAFETY PROBLEMS SPECIFIC TO OUR SCHOOL
The Governors appreciate the efforts of Parents and Staff whose care and consideration help to maintain a safe environment for the whole St. Patrick’s community.
All Governors, Parents, Teachers and Children should, however, be aware of the following:
The dangers present at Arrival and Home Times when the school bus collects children. Parents are advised through Newsletters to maintain a safe distance from the school gates until the school bus has departed;
The importance of parking clear of the yellow zigzag lines at the school entrance and complying with other traffic arrangements designed to maintain the safety of children at our school;
The dangers of children being on the school premises in the mornings before normal arrangements for supervision are in place;
The necessity for children to be collected punctually at the end of the school day and supervised appropriately thereafter;
The implications for unsecured children in cars involved in road traffic collisions. Parents should ensure that all vehicle occupants wear seatbelts whilst travelling in the car. In addition, children who are still at primary school and under the height of 135cm must be in the appropriate child restraint;
The importance of encouraging children to use school crossing patrols in place on routes to / from school;
Parents, bus drivers and all visitors are reminded that extra care is needed entering and leaving school grounds making themselves aware of any visibility restrictions.
For further information contact:
Road Safety Education Office
Hydebank, 4 Hospital Road, Belfast BT8 8JL
Telephone: 028 9025 3123
Road Safety Education Office
County Hall, 182 Galgorm Road, Ballymena BT42 1HN
Telephone: 028 2564 4311
Road Safety Education Office
Library Headquarters, 1 Markethill Road, Armagh BT60 1NR
Telephone: 028 3752 0773
Road Safety Education Office
Lisnagelvin Crown Building, Crescent Road, Londonderry, BT47 2NJ
Telephone: 028 7131 9319
E-Mail [email protected]