Child road safety

Road signs school

Guidance, resources and activities for use by individuals and organisations responsible for educating children about road safety.

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:

THINK!
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

THINK! Education

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.

DingDing
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.

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.