Road Safety Education
Education, Training and Publicity in Haringey
Haringey’s Smarter Travel Team develop projects and initiatives to promote the development of safer transport and travel skills, with the aim of reducing borough road user casualties. We have a range of leaflets, videos and other resources which offer advice to all travellers in Haringey.
Programmes are designed for specific ages or road users. Close liaison between Road Safety and other stakeholders is the key to a coordinated and effective approach to Road Safety Education.
The Smarter Travel Team promotes local, London-wide and National Campaigns. We support campaigns such as those targeting mobile phone users, seat belt wearing, child road safety, Walk to School Week, speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Campaigns we have been working on include:
- Motorcycling projects
- Junior Citizens
- Junior Travel Ambassadors and Youth Travel Ambassadors
- Road Safety Theatre in Education
- Five/Ten Minute Walk Zones
- Walk to School Week
- Haringey School Crossing Patrol Service
- School Travel Planning - STARS
A free motorcycle online training course has been launched for moped and motorcycle riders to complete before taking their Compulsory Bike Training (CBT).
See our Motorcycles and Scooters page for more.
The Junior Citizen programme is aimed at 11 year olds in year 6, moving up to secondary school. It promotes Safety and Citizenship through a visit from the local Met Police Safer Neighbourhood Team officers and a dedicated school event (limited spaces).
Important messages concerning personal safety, road safety and guidance on street crimes are delivered to the current year 6 year group moving up to year 7, who are statistically the most vulnerable, especially where road safety is concerned.
The Smarter Travel Team provides a magazine called Moving up (PDF, 12MB) to every year six pupil in the borough - to assist with your child's journey to school please help them assess the best route and practice with them. This Journey Planner (PDF, 530KB) sheet will help you work with them to risk assess their journey, where physically possible encourage them to get to school on their own, with safety being the paramount issue. Quite often walking, public transport and cycling will be quicker and better than being driven door to door.
If you want to be included in Junior Citizen or want to find out more or request additional support with transition contact Smarter Travel on 020 8489 5351 Smarter Travel Team
TfL offer their Safety and Citizenship Talk (external link) to every year 6 class in the borough, please email the team at the London Transport Museum to book a session for your school: email@example.com
Please note that the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has meant that unfortunately the Junior Citizens programme was cancelled this year.
Transport for London have added important home learning resources on their TfL STARS travel plan website (external link). Please show this to your child, especially if they are moving to secondary school in September.
Taking an active role in their schools to encourage safe active travel, helps pupils develop excellent independent travel skills. We encourage schools to take part in these free schemes. Pupils are recruited to lead on delivering a specific transport related scheme of their choosing (YTA) or to follow the programme for the year delivering assemblies, messages and running competitions. Peer teaching is an excellent way to get messages over to the whole school. The ambassadors gain excellent skills that can follow them through their school life and with the secondary scheme their participation can directly transfer onto their CV for seeking work.
To find out more about these two schemes please take a look at the TfL/Stars website (external link).
if you would like more information or support from us please contact the Smarter Travel Team.
Theatre in Education is a powerful medium in which to get across Road Safety messages particularly to the 11 to 16 year old age group who are statistically at greater risk of becoming road user casualties.
The Smarter Travel Team work in partnership with Transport for London to deliver the following educational theatre productions to the borough schools. These are tailored to specific age groups and target issues arising from accident statistics for the borough.
Pre Drivers and Young Drivers: Safe Drive Stay Alive
This powerful road safety information production has been delivered to young and pre drivers throughout the UK for the last 10 years. TfL backing enabled us to hos this road show in our borough. We have prepared a presentation showing our SDSA production - this can be downloaded here: Safe Drive Stay Alive (PDF, 2MB)
Contact us for details and to book tickets for your young people aged over 16 - passengers are as influential as drivers.
The key messages about speeding, distraction, drug / drunk driving, seatbelts and peer pressure are delivered poignantly through a mix of film and speeches by working members of the emergency services. There are also speeches from a victim's parent and a traffic collision survivor who explains how this has left him with life changing injuries.
It is your life and your choice - Safe Drive Stay Alive.
- Contact us to be involved or to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org
We commission theatre groups to deliver road safety assemblies and pedestrian training in our STARS Accredited schools, covering infants, juniors and year 7 in Secondary schools. Contact us for more information and advice if you want to organise your own.
The TfL Safety and Citizenship team are able to come to schools to assist with public transport issues and have an excellent programme - please contact email@example.com for more information. This service is on offer to primary and secondary schools.
Where schools highlight a problem with parents parking near their school, or want to improve the air pollution levels, or are working on improving the health and wellbeing of their pupils and families, we will work with them to create a 5/10 Minute Walk Zone.
We work with a group of pupils to map a suitable area around the school. They work on issues that relate such as air pollution and learn about the affect of exhaust fumes on their health and wellbeing as well as how it affects the area and the planet.
The map is produced and every family is sent a copy. This is added to the school website to enable anyone visiting to see how easy it is to get to other than by car.
All schools with Walk Zone Maps are listed on our School Journeys page.
Walk to School Week is an action-packed awareness week in May. Resources are from Living Streets website (external link). Schools can choose to run it whenever it is convenient to them. Contact the Smarter Travel team to find out more.
The aim of the week is try to encourage as many parents and carers as possible to walk their children to school, with the overall aim of encouraging a long term change in their travel patterns on the journey to school.
The Living Streets website has free lesson plans and resources (external link) for key stage 1 and 2 to accompany this and the other walking campaigns.
Walking to school helps children learn vital road safety, awareness and orientation skills, improving their confidence for when they will walk independently when they're older.
It has been proven that children who walk to school arrive more ready to learn.
Walk Once a Week (WOW)
The Walk Once a Week (WOW) badge scheme is a Living Streets project where schools record who walks to school. Children are encouraged to collect 11 different badges which have been designed by children throughout the country. Free online resources for this scheme are available through the WoW page of the Living Streets website (external link).
We know that this scheme is very popular and has encouraged School Travel Advisors to create their own schemes to reward children who use alternative, healthy modes of travel to school such as scooters and cycles.
Walking Bear "We Love Clean Air" - free resource for Key Stage 1 pupils
Finding Hari is the next stage of our Hari bear activity: schools were asked to design a template of a bear and these have now been converted to an orienteering resource for everyone to use.
We have reproduced 15 of the teddy bears that our Haringey pupils created last year and they are now hiding in five parks in the borough. Schools can take their classes along to a park and try to find all 15, and take note of the messages on them or take photographs with the pictures.
Every class that visits will be entered into a prize draw to win one of four scooters. Send us your school name, how many went walking and how many steps you took, and in November we will award the four prizes.
This is a free resource kit for all our infants and early years pupils. The scheme is adaptable to suit your school's particular needs. Classes compete against each other to see who has the most walkers in a set period of time. The reward for the winning class is to keep teddy in their class for a set time and the children are allowed to take him home. Teddy has a walking diary that the pupil is encouraged to complete to show how they have entertained him.
Resources available including PDF to download and from us at Smarter.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Walking Bear Wall chart activity record (PDF, 426KB)
- Walking Bear Poster (PDF, 445KB)
- Bunting Template (PDF, 2MB)
- Hari Bear Certificate (PDF, 450KB)
- Poster for Hari Bear scheme (PDF, 446KB)
46 schools have so far taken part in the relay walk around the borough. We want to help all schools take part!
We created a collage of past activity: Hari Bear's Big Walking Adventure (PDF, 3MB).
- Download the Walking Bear Presentation (Powerpoint, 2MB)
- Contact us to take part - email Smarter.email@example.com
Since 2000, local authorities have been responsible for the operation of the School Crossing Patrol Service (SCP).
For further information, please see the school crossing patrols page.
We use TfL STARS accreditation scheme (external link) in Haringey, allowing schools access to many more resources, support and funding streams. But more importantly it allows schools to record issues surrounding the travel and safety at their school. Road Safety projects can be tailored to issues that schools raise on their school travel plans.
We now have 65 of our schools with a travel plan, of which 28 have achieved Gold Status, 14 Silver and 23 bronze/engaged.
Each school will also receive a plaque and certificate to display and can use the logo on their website and letterheads.
Training to use TfL STARS is available for free and support to run exciting projects such as Youth Travel Ambassadors (YTA) for secondary schools - Junior Travel Ambassadors (JTA) is available.
Any schools wishing to take part can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8489 5351 to arrange a visit to train or set up the JTA or YTA scheme.
You can register on the TfL STARS website (external link) - then you will be able to complete the plan and upload your evidence to start your accreditation for your school travel plan.
Travel Plans are essential for the borough to find out how children are getting to and from school and record any issues surrounding each school, therefore enabling us to target road safety training and projects accordingly. We work together with the public health team to encourage healthier lifestyles as well as the Healthy Schools Programme.
- More information about Accreditation can be found in the external links section at the bottom of this page
- You can start planning straight away with this document STARS full accreditation (Word, 148KB)
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