Since 1986, the Road Safety Education Program has provided educational resources and professional development to teachers and childhood educators throughout NSW.
The program is a partnership with the Association of Independent Schools, Catholic Education Commission, Department of Education, and Kids and Traffic, the Early Childhood Road Safety Education Program at Macquarie University. The partnership supports the delivery of road safety education to students by classroom teachers. It is part of the formal school curriculum and pre-service training for teachers.
Contact your road safety school education specialist.
Early childhood road safety education
Kids and Traffic, the Early Childhood Road Safety Education Program, is funded by the Centre for Road Safety and delivered in partnership with Macquarie University. The program provides professional development workshops, road safety education information, resources, advice and other strategies to:
- Families and carers of young children, including grandparents
- Educators in early childhood services and transition-to-school programs
- Early childhood education students in universities and TAFE colleges
- State and local government, including road safety officers
- Early intervention and family support services
- Peak early childhood and road safety organisations
Kids and Traffic teaching and learning resources, including videos, are available for educators, carers and other adults to share with young children. On the Kids and Traffic YouTube channel, you can watch the video stories Five Little Girrawaa, Look who’s buckled up and Here we go walking holding hands.
Road safety education in schools
The Road Safety Education Program is funded by the Centre for Road Safety in government and non-government schools. Road safety is taught in the learning area of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE). All students in NSW study PDHPE from Kindergarten to Year 10.
Road safety education specialists in the government, Catholic and independent school sectors provide professional learning and advice to teachers and schools about teaching road safety and how to address road safety issues through the curriculum.
The teaching and learning focus is on pedestrian, passenger and wheels safety, as well as on future drivers. The Centre for Road Safety leads the development of quality teaching and learning resources for teachers to use in schools.
The education sectors provide professional learning to teachers to equip them with the knowledge and skills to teach quality road safety education. Teachers are also shown how to use the resources in the classroom to create effective teaching and learning programs.
- Safety Town provides students in Years 5 and 6 with a variety of interactive learning activities. The website helps parents to reinforce road safety messages and concepts that are taught at school. A teacher’s handbook supports teaching and learning in PDHPE, English and mathematics. There are also road safety videos featuring AFL stars Adam Goodes and Callan Ward.
- Move Ahead with Street Sense – this road safety education resource provides teaching and learning activities for students in Kindergarten to Year 4. There are two kits with songs, stories and activities.
- On the Move houses all the resources for secondary schools. The website has road safety material for teachers to complement the Years 7-10 PDHPE, Student Wellbeing and Senior English programs. These are:
- Road Risks – Your Choice (Years 7 and 8 PDHPE)
- Shifting Gears (Years 9 and 10 PDHPE)
- Limiting Risks, Protecting Lives: Choices for novices drivers and their passengers (Year 10 and Senior Wellbeing programs)
- In the driver’s seat: The nature of authority (Year 11 Preliminary HSC English)
Each education sector has road safety education specialists employed to help schools with road safety in the classroom:
- Association of Independent Schools, phone 9299 2845
- Catholic Education Commission, phone 9287 1583
- Department of Education, phone 9266 8001
- Kids and Traffic, the Early Childhood Road Safety Education Program at Macquarie University, 9805 3200