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Road safety education

West Lothian Council supports the Junior Road Safety Officer programme amongst other initiatives to support safe travel by school pupils. This page provides useful information to support road safety education within schools.

Go safe with Ziggy

Promoted by Road Safety Scotland and Safer Scotland, Go Safe with Ziggy is a road safety campaign aimed at Early Years children, which was launched in 2010. It targets three key groups 0-3, pre-school and the transition to P 1. All Early years establishments and P 1 classes have been issued with a Big Book set (extra copies available on request), and a 0-3 buggy book is issued to all babies as part of the Scottish Booktrust's Bookbug Baby Bag The associated website, Go Safe with Ziggy, offers a range of free resources to use in the Early Years setting, including:

  •  activity ideas
  •  story audio files
  •  links to Curriculum for Excellence
  •  a free story creator to help personalise road safety education to your class, at the end of which, you will receive a free My Journey with Ziggy pack including a Ziggy soft toy.

Streetsense 2

Promoted by Road Safety Scotland and Safer Scotland, Streetsense 2 is a road safety campaign aimed at children from P2 to P7. Hard copies of the resource were distributed to schools in 2007. The associated website, Streetsense 2 which is linked to the Curriculum for Excellence, is a learning resource that offers opportunities to engage children through active travel and interdisciplinary learning in the classroom, including:

  • games and activities
  • facts and figures about Road Safety
  • travel plan
  • links to other relevant websites
  • teacher's notes

Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO)

JRSOs - usually P 7 pupils - and their teams are a huge help to the local Road Safety Officer as they help promote road safety issues within the school and local community. In West Lothian a JRSO induction meeting is held annually to explore the role of the JRSO. The JRSO website, JRSO All together for Road Safety includes:

  • information about running a JRSO programme
  • a member's only section for JRSOs
  • a Fun Zone
  • games and activities
  • a section for sharing good practice

Road Safety Magic Show

West Lothian Council funded a JRSO Present show by Allan's Magic Show in 2016, for all school JRSOs who attended the annual JRSO induction events. This was funded through the council's Smarter Choices Smarter Places programme, which is funded by Transport Scotland. If your school is interested in this in the future, please contact karen.mccubbin@westlothian.org.uk.

Bikeability

Bikeability Scotland, previously known as cycling proficiency training, offers children training in how to be safe and confident cyclists, both on and off the road. For more details, head to Walking, cycling and scooting.