EDENDORKPS

The ethos of Edendork Primary School centres around the maintenance of a safe, stable and caring learning environment in which pupils, parents and staff work together to develop self-respect and respect for others. This includes ensuring that children, their parents and teachers are safe on the roads. Edendork Primary School recognises the threat of death and injuries on roads to pupils, parents and teachers and has prepared this policy to reduce that threat. This policy reflects the aims and objectives of the school, taking account of guidance received from the DfI Road Safety Promotion and Outreach team. The school has consulted with staff, pupils, parents and governors.

MORAL AND VALUES FRAMEWORK

Edendork Primary School values all pupils equally. We recognise the challenges of modern life. We strive, in partnership with those in parental responsibility, to educate children in the proper and safe use of roads, promoting safe behaviour and practice as well as an attitude that respects those dangers which will be encountered on or near roads.

We acknowledge the diverse background of our pupils and recognise that they will, therefore, be faced by a wide variety of risks. Since perception, expressive language and understanding are critical to this, “life skill” lessons will endeavour to meet the needs of children particularly challenged in these areas.

One of the focuses of our Road Safety Education Programme will be to encourage all of our pupils to develop their self esteem and confidence which will enable them to make critical and informed decisions regarding road safety now and in later life.

The teaching of Road Safety Education will not solve all of our community’s road safety problems but without a carefully planned programme, our children will be ill-equipped when confronting the many issues and situations which arise on or near our roads.
KEY AIMS OF THE ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION PROGRAMME

o To place the pupil at the centre of a programme that helps them to understand the impact of road safety upon their lives and those of others;

o To equip children with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to make informed choices and decisions about their own behaviour as pedestrians, passengers or cyclists on or near roads;

o To encourage parental responsibility;

o To make children aware that actions have consequences on themselves and others;

o To help children develop respect for themselves and others by encouraging positive role modelling within the school environment through peer support strategies;

o To enable children to communicate their views and feelings about road safety using appropriate language;

o To develop self-confidence and awareness in pupils so that they can give correct information and cope adequately with inaccurate information and detrimental peer pressure;

o To engage children in risk assessment exercises relating to road safety issues in hypothetical and real, locally based situations.



BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Primary school age road deaths and serious injuries in our province fall into the main categories of:

 pedestrians;
 passengers in vehicles; and
 cyclists.

At Edendork Primary, we will endeavour to make a contribution to community efforts aimed at reducing the number of children killed and seriously injured on our roads and contribute to the overall casualty reduction targets set out in Northern Ireland’s Road Safety Strategy.

THE ROLE OF ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION

This school acknowledges that Road Safety is of prime importance to everyone connected with the school and the community it serves.

Rule 7 of “The Highway Code” clearly identifies those with parental responsibility as being responsible for the task of deciding upon young children’s Road Safety readiness.


Road Safety is, therefore, primarily influenced by:

 parents;
 parental attitudes; and
 children’s experiences at home.

In recognition of the important role of those with parental responsibility, we encourage all parents to take time to walk with their young children, to the shops, for example, and to model responsible pedestrian practices.

We believe that it is important for parents and their children to realise that their behaviour has implications for themselves and others.



ORGANISATION OF THE ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION PROGRAMME

Road Safety Education will be taught across the curriculum, but mainly through Personal Development & Mutual Understanding, The World Around Us, Religious Education, Literacy, Numeracy, Drama/Role Play, Active Learning, Art and ICT.

Whilst specific topics such as Cycling Proficiency will be addressed as set out in the school’s curricular framework. Road Safety is best addressed through a combination of subject specific and cross curricular approaches. This approach will ensure that Road Safety Education is a regular and normal part of a child`s education at Edendork Primary School.

Staff will use a variety of teaching strategies and approaches which incorporate the use of all of the children’s senses. Tasks and experiences will be in keeping with the maturity of pupils whilst taking particular account of the mobility, visual and auditory needs of all pupils in practical situations.

Class teachers will deliver a Road Safety programme and normal classroom arrangements will prevail during road safety related activities. Occasions may arise, when the expertise of outside agencies and other professionals will be used. Where it is necessary to alter this, the consent of parents will be sought.

Teachers are encouraged to base as much Road Safety teaching as possible on existing schemes and topics and to include practical sessions in the school`s locale eg. pedestrian training observation walk.



STAFF TRAINING

Edendork Primary School recognises the need to develop whole staff awareness of our children’s needs and strategies for ensuring that those needs are met. As issues and opportunities are identified, staff will engage in training for Road Safety Education.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

The school will seek to ensure that the Road Safety Education programme is relevant and accessible to pupils, regardless of age, culture, disability, gender, religion or social class.
We will ensure that children from rural/farming locations and those from residential areas all get valuable lessons from our programme.

All children will be taught together through lessons appropriate to their age and development.


EVALUATION

This policy forms part of the school’s overall PDMU policy and road safety education procedures and provision will be monitored, reviewed and amended regularly and as required. Parents will be informed of any modification to the policy.


















APPENDIX ONE:
Line of Development in Edendork Primary School

At the end of each Key Stage, most children in our care should know:


Road Safety Elements Foundation Stage/Early Years Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2
Pedestrian Skills that it is always best to hold hands with a known adult when near roads;

the importance of staying well away from machinery on farms, building site, grass cutting, bin lorries, etc. the language and skills necessary to co-operate with adults who help keep us safe on / help us to cross roads;

“Be Safe, Be Seen.” how to best apply the “Green Cross Code”;

about the challenges they might meet on rural and urban roads.
Passenger Skills how to behave safely in cars, buses and trains;

the importance of using special seats or and straps when travelling in cars, buses and trains.
the skills necessary for safe travel in cars, buses and trains e.g. how to fasten seat belts, waiting, boarding, disembarking etc;

why tractors etc are dangerous. safe ways to board and disembark from all types of home - school transport;

be able to exercise appropriate road crossing after disembarking.

Risk Identification / Hazard Control that roads and traffic can be very dangerous and that there are safer places to play;

that there are special people who help us near roads;

what is meant by “dangerous.” that it is best to have help when crossing roads;

the importance of wearing a suitable cycle helmet;

that they can spot “dangers “ for themselves by looking, listening etc. how conspicuity might reduce road collisions;

the basic safety rules regarding machinery on farms, roads, railways etc;

what hazards and risks are and carry our simple risk assessments.

Cycle Training how to, with assistance to put on and wear a cycle helmet. which are the safest places for riding junior bikes etc. how bicycles are best maintained and ridden.



APPENDIX TWO: (created by Edendork P.S. School Council 2017)

ONLY an adult is permitted to open the main school door via the security lock.

At Edendork Primary School, we are children who:

 Never open/close the school gates;

 Always be vigilant and use the designated walking areas in the school car park;

 Know that we wait for our parents/carers to safely collect us at the school door/school gate;

 Line up quietly and follow the teachers’ and drivers’ instructions when leaving school by taxi or bus;

 Help our friends or younger children when they are near roads. Each child in P.1 has a designated P.7 buddy/friend to help.

 Never run/jump down steps at front of the school;

 Ask known adults for help as required when we are on or near roads;

 Never cross the road outside the school unaided by an adult (patrol man/teacher/ classroom assistant/parent);

 Make sure a car is parked safely outside the school before you get in or out.

 Always listen to the advice and instructions of the school crossing patrol;

 Never run across the road or run on the foot path;

 Always use the Green Cross Code (Stop-Look-Listen) when crossing the road and keep our belongings secure so that they are not dropped;

 Walk in a single line on the narrow foot path;

 Never travel to school on a bicycle due to the A45 being such a dangerous and busy road during term time. Parents of P.6 or P.7 children can bring their child’s bicycle to school for Cycling Proficiency Lessons.

 Always wear a safety helmet when cycling; and are advised to bring bicycles on to school grounds only if we are wearing suitable cycle helmets;

 Always wear a seatbelt as we know that the wearing of seatbelts is the safest way to travel on all school related outings, whether in buses, taxis or cars;

 Always be seated when travelling on a bus;

 Always let an adult retrieve a ball or sports equipment which lands on neighbouring property;

 Always stay behind the leading teacher and in front of the rear guard when walking on school visits or outings.

APPENDIX THREE:

ROAD SAFETY PROBLEMS SPECIFIC TO OUR SCHOOL

The Governors appreciate the efforts of Parents and Staff whose care and consideration help to maintain a safe environment for the whole Edendork Primary School community.

All Governors, Parents, Teachers and Children should, however, be aware of the following:

 The dangers present at “Arrival” when cars enter and exit the school car park;

 The dangers present at “Home Time” due to the congestion of traffic along a dangerous part of the A45 road. Home time dismissal takes 30 minutes;

 Lack of car parking facilities adjacent to the school. Parents are advised through letters and signs at the front of the school to abstain from long term parking at home time.

 It is vital for the safety of all, that parents and visitors to the school observe the road markings at the school gates. In addition, the importance of parking clear of the yellow zigzag lines at the school entrance and complying with other traffic arrangements designed to maintain the safety of children at Edendork Primary School. Road markings and cones identify a “NO PARKING” zone outside the school gates so that the bus can be safely parked;

 Parents and visitors should keep a safe distance from the school buses until they have departed;

 By blocking entrances, including neighbours driveways, the health and safety of others, including children, is being put at risk;

 Parents, bus drivers and all visitors are reminded that extra care is needed entering and leaving school grounds making themselves aware of any visibility restrictions;
 The dangers of children being on the school premises in the mornings before normal arrangements for supervision are in place;

 The necessity for children to be collected punctually and within the school grounds at the end of the school day and supervised appropriately thereafter;

 The implications for unsecured children in cars involved in road traffic collisions. Parents must ensure that children are restrained correctly whilst travelling in cars. In addition, children who are still at primary school and under the height of 135cm must be in the appropriate child restraint;
 The importance of encouraging children to use the School Crossing Patrol correctly on route to / from school.

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