West Berkshire Council

Road Safety for Children and Schools

Encouraging schools to include road safety in their curriculum

Road Safety in Schools

Making decisions about how to travel are an essential part of education for life.

Young children need to learn to recognise the hazards of the road environment and, as they grow older, they should be prepared for their independence as road users. This includes accepting responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others, looking after their health and considering the environmental impact of their travel decisions.

We have a range of resources that can help pupils acquire these skills, from instructor led training on public roads, to support for self help and curriculum work.

You can find further information about road safety on the Think! Road Safety website.

School Warning Signs

2008 was the first year of a four year programme to introduce warning signs with flashing lights outside of all schools in the district.

The signs give drivers a clear reminder they are approaching a school, and encourages them to take extra care. They are programmed to flash at the beginning and end of a school day when there will be a high number of children going to and from school. They are also programmed not to flash during the school holidays.

Walking Bus

For further information on walking buses, please see our pdf icon Walking Bus leaflet [1Mb]pdf icon information for volunteers leaflet [1Mb] and pdf icon frequently asked questions document [1Mb].

If your school does not have a pdf icon Walking Bus [1Mb], why not suggest that one is started? We can help you and the school to start the wheels turning if you think there is support for this concept.

Safer Steps

Of all the risks to your child's safety, traffic is by far the greatest. As your child progresses into Year 3, it's vitally important that they develop pedestrian skills and learn to recognise the hazards of the road as they prepare for their independence as road users. 

pdf icon The Safer Steps booklet [7Mb] aims to give parents and guardians the opportunity to pass on road safety knowledge which will help to keep them safe when walking to and from school, in their community or places they visit.

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RouteGuard travel app

RouteGuard is a pioneering app that uses geolocation technology to give reassurance to parents/guardians and security to children for their local unaccompanied journeys.

The RouteGuard app is available to download from Apple and Android stores.

As a RouteGuardian, parents will be able to plan, monitor and adjust routes and pre-defined zones, encouraging mutual agreement with their child.

In order to use RouteGuard, the app requires parents and guardians to use a code which will only be issued by a registered school or local authority. This is to ensure that the app is only being used by legitimate guardians.

It is free for all schools and local authorities to sign up, which can be done via the RouteGuard website.

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