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The transition from Primary to Secondary can be difficult for many pupils and this is not only academically. The move to a new school often means more independent travel and longer journeys. As a consequence, young people from age 11 can be extremely vulnerable on the roads.

Teenagers are injured on roads every year, as pedestrians, as vehicle passengers, as cyclists and as new drivers. It is important that the momentum for road safety education is not lost at the secondary stage as pressure on the curriculum increases. Teenagers need road safety education specific to their age group, therefore a number of methods can be used to deliver road safety messages at this level.

During this transitional year pupils will have new found independence, these sessions raise awareness of their personal responsibilities when making journeys on foot, by car, bus, cycling and scooting.

The session includes discussion, videos and pictures covering the following-

  • Planning your journey
  • Pedestrian distraction
  • Safer crossing points
  • Seatbelts
  • Driver distractions
  • Cycle helmets
  • Bike safety checks
  • Cause and effect
  • Traveling on a bus
  • Attitudes and behaviour

As this age group are part of our most at risk road users it is imperative that road safety education continues and matures with the pupils to ensure it effectiveness of the message and influencing their future behaviour.

Ghost Street is a short film created by Safe Newcastle and the city’s road safety team, aimed at young people. The film highlights some of the causes of young people being killed or seriously injured on our roads.

 The session includes discussion, videos and pictures covering the following-

  • Distractions
  • Cycle helmet safety
  • Seatbelts
  • Speeding


This project consists of road safety presentations delivered by local road safety officers and Fire & Rescue Service staff. It is directed at small groups and is delivered in a rotation of approximately 20 minutes per activity.

The programme stresses the positive aspects of driving and the benefits it can bring to young adults. It also allows the team to focus on a variety of issues affecting young drivers and passengers.

Currently being delivered to schools, this session is directed at 16-18 year olds. The messages are hard hitting about the consequences of Road Traffic Collisions, but it offers the students information and strategies to ensure they avoid becoming casualties.

The session includes discussion, videos and pictures covering the following-

  • Peer pressure
  • Seatbelts
  • Mobile phones
  • Drink drug driving
  • Speeding
  • Immersive VR video of a collision
  • Impacted car and effects

This project is a joint initiative between NPT road safety, Fire Service, South Wales Police along with the support from agencies such as St Johns Ambulance, WGCADA, First Car and ADI’s.

Pupils are given the opportunity to access short 15 minute workshops covering topics such as-

  • Speed
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Virtual Reality
  • Getting your license

Pupils will also receive a 30 min presentation delivered by the Fire Service discussing-

  • Seatbelts
  • Illegal use of mobile phones
  • Consequences
  • Cause and effect

The highlight for most pupils that take part is the 15 minutes of instructed driving with our qualified ADI’s on private roads where they get to experience sometimes for the first time what it is like to be in control of a car.