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Why is road safety education important?

Traffic related incidents continue to be the leading cause of accidental death and injury among school-aged children in Australia. Parents, educators and communities all have an important role to play in helping children to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to operate safely in a traffic environment.

Who is this website for?

This website is a one stop shop for K-6 NSW primary school teachers.

Why should teachers use this website?

Finally an Australian website developed and designed with Australian children in mind. Every activity on this website has been designed to engage students in higher order thinking and problem solving learning experiences. This approach to teaching road safety reflects best practice and assists students to achieve the expected outcomes as part of the 'Safe Living' strand of the NSW K-6 PDHPE syllabus. This resource has been developed by teachers for teachers.

More time to focus on teaching!

This website has been made easy for teachers. We know how competing curriculum priorities can make it difficult for teachers to find time to develop quality resources and engaging PDHPE units of work. Why re-invent the wheel? We've taken some of the hard work out so you can focus on what matters...your students' learning. On this website you get:
  • Quality, explicit and fully pre-programmed units of work for Early Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3. These units address all three components of road safety education as part of the 'Safe Living' strand - Pedestrian safety, Passenger safety and Safety on wheels.Coming soon!
  • These units are downloadable as a soft copy for you to adapt and tailor to meet the needs of your students. Simply edit and print for your teaching and learning program! Coming soon!
  • Free and easy access to a range of quality interactive learning experiences and resources for your students. It's all here!
  • Easy access to a range of additional road safety education resources from the Department of Education and Communities and Transport for NSW.
  • Opportunities to improve learning outcomes and equip your students with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect our communities' most vulnerable road users.

NSW Road Safety Strategy

The NSW Road Safety Strategy 2012-2021 is based on the Safe System approach to improving road safety. This approach takes a holistic view of the road transport system and the interactions among the key components of that system – the road user, the roads and roadsides, the vehicle and travel speeds. It recognises that all components of the system have a role to play in helping to keep road users safe.

We must therefore design a road transport system that is forgiving of human error to ensure that users are not killed or seriously injured in any crash. We also must ensure that we have safe and compliant road users. The Safe System framework: safer roads, safer vehicles, safer people, safer speeds

Children and young people

Children and young people, because of their inquisitive and unpredictable behaviour, are at risk of injuries and in particular, road related injuries. Risk taking is a normal and expected developmental element. Education on road safety issues is a key component to assist parents, carers and school professionals. Education materials and resources need to be age appropriate, ongoing and sequential to reinforce road safety messages throughout their schooling. It is important through partnerships between schools and homes for road safety education to be further developed in the real traffic environment. (Source: NSW Road Safety Strategy 2012-2021, Transport for NSW p24)

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