Child education resources for parents and teachers

The Department for Transport provides a range of educational materials for teaching children about road safety both in the classroom and at home. The following links provide factsheets, activity books and online games for use by both parents and teachers alike:

The THINK! Road Safety website contains information to help keep your children safe on our roads. The three sections Pedestrians, Child Car Seats and Cycling also feature advertising campaigns that children may like to view on line.

Additional advice is also provided specifically for parents and teachers .

Tales of the Road
Interactive content aimed at 6 – 11 year olds including road safety games, the Tales of the Road TV adverts, wallpaper and other road safety materials to download.

Lesson plans
THINK! Education is the Department for Transport's suite of road safety resources for teachers, parents and pupils, including:

  • guidance on planning and delivering effective road safety education
  • teaching ideas
  • curriculum links
  • video and audio clips
  • interactive activities
  • worksheets
  • home-link sheets
  • information for parents

Primary resources
Visit the THINK! Education Early Years and Primary site for resources for 3 - 5s, 5-7s and 7 - 11s.

Secondary resources
New THINK! Education Secondary  resources for  11 - 16s are coming in  Autumn 2010. This resource will be engaging and interactive, and will have links to PSHE and Citizenship, with some lessons also linking to English, Drama and Science.

One lesson plan for classroom teachers has been made available early, as teachers may wish to use  A new journey during a Year 6 visit, or early in Year7.

Sustainable travel: Teaching resource database
A comprehensive database of online resources available for encouraging walking, cycling and public transport amongst pupils, as well as road and personal safety matters.

Child road safety policy
Guidance and resources for use by individuals and organisations responsible for educating children about road safety. This section includes information about the new rules for the use of child car seats.

On the safe side
A guide to road safety education for staff at primary schools, secondary schools and for local authorities.

Information for parents on school transport
The Directgov Motorists Portal provides information on free school transport, walking and cycling safely to school and initiatives and incentives to use sustainable transport.

Safer school partnerships: Safer routes
Safer Routes to Schools projects encourage and enable students to walk and cycle to school through a package of practical and educational measures.

GMPTE's interactive educational website for schools, teachers and children that promotes public transport, walking, cycling and road safety.

Developing a travel action plan for your school

School travel plans aim to reduce car dependency for school journeys by both enabling and encouraging pupils to walk, cycle or use public transport, with the involvement of teachers, parents, school governors, local authorities and neighbourhood community groups.

A safer journey to school: a guide to school travel plans
Introduction to school travel plans for parents, teachers and governors

School travel advisers toolkit
The joint DfT / DfES Travelling to School initiative aims to develop a strategic approach to school travel issues, promoting the use of walking, cycling and public transport and reducing car dependency for journeys to school.

Reference for local education authorities

The DfT encourages Local authorities to promote safe, alternative ways of getting children in their area to school, and in the process reduce dependence on the family car during the school run.

Travelling to school: a good practice guide (PDF 481 Kb)
This guide for local transport and education authorities describes what schools, local authorities and bus operators around England have been doing to promote walking, cycling and public transport to reduce car use for journeys to and from school.

Travelling to school: an action plan (PDF 397 Kb)
This action plan for sets out how DfT and DfES intend to help schools and local education authorities increase walking, cycling and use of public transport for school journeys.

School travel
Promoting safe, healthy and sustainable travel to school, a joint publication with Department for Education and Skills & Department of Health.

Guidance for local authorities
Best practice school travel information for local authorities.

For related documents, pages and internet links, see the column on the right.