Road Safety Education
Every day children and young people are interacting with the road and traffic system either as a passenger, pedestrian, cyclist or driver. Road safety education in schools aims to prepare and equip this vulnerable road user group with the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes that will enable them to stay safe.
SDERA has a range of road safety education programs that target children and young people from birth to 18 years of age, and their parents and carers. These programs are funded by the Road Safety Commission and contribute to the road safety strategy in Western Australia.
This section provides information on programs, resources and professional learning that helps early childhood educators and parents deliver developmentally appropriate road safety education to prepare young children to become safe and independent road users.
Smarts Steps is an early childhood road safety education program that has a great range of road safety education information and resources for early childhood educators, families and anyone transporting young children. The resources for educators, parents and young children include activities and ideas to build the concepts of staying safer while travelling as passengers, pedestrians and users of bikes and wheeled toys.
A Smart Steps professional learning workshop for educators working with young children up to 4 years of age is available.
Parent education sessions conducted by Merilinga, Ngala, Playgroup and Kidsafe WA are available.
Izzy education sessions are available for early childhood centres and schools that have attended a Smart Steps professional learning workshop.
Challenges and Choices Kindergarten and Pre-primary
Challenges and Choices is a road safety curriculum program that takes a resilience approach building on children's strengths and developing personal and social skills so they are able to manage themselves and others in traffic-related situations. A Teacher Resource full of interactive learning activities and teaching strategies, along with storybooks, songs and posters helps teachers plan a road safety program for their students. To find out more click here.
Challenges and Choices Kindergarten to Year 6
Challenges and Choices is a road safety curriculum program that takes a resilience approach building on children's strengths and developing personal and social skills so they are able to manage themselves and others in traffic-related situations. The Teacher Resource book for each year level is easy to use, full of interactive learning activities and teaching strategies, and is supported by storybooks, songs and posters that can be incorporated into a classroom road safety program. Content is mapped to the Western Australian Curriculum Health and Physical Education Syllabus, General Capabilities and in particular the Personal and Social Capability. To find out more click here.
Safer Kids: Challenges and Choices is a professional learning workshop that unpacks the resource, provides participants with up-to-date road safety information and statistics, and ideas and activities that can be transferred straight into the classroom. To find out more about professional learning click here.
Challenges and Choices Years 7-10
Challenges and Choices Year 7 to 10 uses a resilience approach building on children's strengths and developing personal and social skills so they are able to manage themselves and others in traffic-related situations. The Teacher Resource book for each year level is easy to use, full of interactive learning activities and teaching strategies that can be incorporated into a classroom road safety education program. Content is mapped to the Western Australian Curriculum Health and Physical Education Syllabus, General Capabilities and in particular the Personal and Social Capability. To find out more click here.
Keys for Life: Pre-driver education
Keys for Life is an award winning, pre-driver education program that is delivered by school staff working with Year 10 to 12 students. At the 2017 Australian Road Safety Awards Keys for Life was awarded the best Community Program in Australia and also received the Founder’s Award for Outstanding Achievements, an award that cannot be entered but is awarded by the panel to recognise achievement.
The program has three components, including:
Keys for Life Professional Learning Workshop
Teacher Resource and support materials for students
Keys for Life Workshop for Parents and Young People
School staff intending to deliver the program must attend a Keys for Life professional learning workshop. Workshop participants will unpack the Keys for Life resources, build an understanding of a range of young driver issues, and become registered Keys for Life facilitators. Registered facilitators are authorised by SDERA and the Department of Transport WA, to conduct the Learner's Permit Test with students and order free support materials.
Keys for Life Teacher Resource
The Teacher Resource has a range of topics and learning activities that are mapped to the WA Curriculum Health and Physical Education Year 10 Syllabus and other learning areas such as English, Science and Maths. Facilitators can select activities from the resource to include in a 10-lesson classroom program. To be eligible to sit the Learner's Permit Test (Test) at school, students must complete 80% of the classroom program and the 10 tasks in the Behind the Wheel journal. All Keys for Life resources can be downloaded, except the Test materials and Keys for Life Certificates.
Keys for Life Workshop for Parents
Parents play a key role in promoting positive road user attitudes and behaviours, and also in teaching their teenager to drive. The Keys for Life Parent Workshop is a one-hour session that informs parents and their teenager about the WA Licensing System, common crash types for newly licensed drivers, how to complete the Log Book, reducing stress when teaching someone to drive, and the importance of safer vehicles and supervised driving practice.
The workshop is run by the RAC in metropolitan schools and by SDERA Consultants in regional locations.
Whole school approach
CHAT offers intensive support to guide schools, step-by-step as they develop a best practice whole-school approach to resilience, drug and road safety education. It provides opportunity to examine the broader, holistic notion of student wellbeing. Consultancy advice and support, easy to use resources, professional learning and financial assistance are all accessible to CHAT schools.