Safely to School: A Study of Safer Routes to School in the Classroom
- Published: ODS Ltd and The SCRE Centre prepared for the The Scottish Government, 2003
- Authors: K. Fyfe, K. Lowden, J. Hall, V. Wilson and T. Graham
- Date Added: 15 Mar 2013
- Last Update: 15 Mar 2013
The aim of the study was to investigate:
Attitudes and experiences of local authorities and the activities they have undertaken to implement road safety for children and young people;
The practices in road safety at school level;
Attitudes of other stakeholders (such as children and young people, parents, community etc.); and
Potential for further development of the Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets Fund.
The research comprised a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches, ranging from a postal survey of local authorities to in-depth interviews at school level. Information was collected in three phases:
Phase 1 – A review of previous research on implementation of road safety initiatives with children and young people.
Phase 2 – A survey of 32 local authorities in Scotland to identify the engineering and curriculum activities that had been undertaken as part of Safer Routes to School (SRTS).
Phase 3 – Exploration of good practice for SRTS in six schools representing a range of different sizes, local authorities and environments.
Headteachers should ensure that SRTS targets feature in their school development plans.
Particular attention should be given to encouraging a proactive/ experiential learning and teaching style in order to engage pupils in SRTS.
Most informants recognised that children and young people should be involved in the development of SRTS initiatives and in the peer education of younger children.
Evidence should be collected to show which approaches are effective and, if possible, to assess their impact on local RTI statistics.
Road safety, Interventions
Robust, highlights good practice.