Road Safety in Schools

Cardiff Council’s Road Safety Team offer a wide range of initiatives to schools. Here are some that schools can take part in.

National standard cycle training

A range of cycle training courses are available for schools in Cardiff. ​ National Standard Cycle Training (level 1 and 2) is offered to all Cardiff primary schools. National Standard Cycle Training holiday courses are also available for Cardiff School pupils as well as free adult cycle training courses for anyone who lives, works or studies in Cardiff.  For more information please visit www.roadsafety.cardiff.gov.uk.

Scooters

The Road Safety Team offer a Scoot2School program for primary schools to encourage pupils to cycle to school and provide practical training to schools. Schools are targeted via the Hands up Survey results for their schools where there is a high percentage of pupils who would love to scoot to school, but currently travel by other means.

Streetwise

 The aim of the Streetwise initiative is to raise awareness of road safety to ensure that children have the skills needed to travel safely to their secondary school as well as encouraging independence and active travel.  Training is provided to year 6 pupils across Cardiff.

If you’d like more information or to apply for the scheme for your school, please click here

We also have planning and resources available based on this scheme. Please click here if you would like to see it.

Junior Road Safety Officer

Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) have a very important role in primary schools as they help raise road safety awareness and promote road safety issues to everyone in the school and the wider community.

Tasks that the JRSOs take part in, include:

  • Holding road safety assemblies and class talks to educate the school on road safety topics.​
  • Maintain a JRSO noticeboard to promote road safety.
  • Run competitions in the school to promote road safety.
  • Take part in organizing safe and active travel activities.
  • Help achieve the schools travel plan.
  • Work with the council’s parking team to educate parents and guardians about safe parking outside their school.

If you’d like more information or to apply for the scheme for your school, please click here.

Kerbcraft

Kerbcraft teaches children in year 2 how to be safer pedestrians by taking them onto roads and showing them how to make the right decisions to keep safe. It also contributes to the safety aspect of the Healthy Schools Scheme as it can play a key role in promoting better health and safety for children. Kerbcraft is a national strategy for child pedestrian safety funded by the Welsh Government.

Children are taken out of school in small groups by trained volunteers and Cardiff Council’s Kerbcraft Support Officers, to learn three main skills:

  1. Choosing Safe Places and Routes to Cross the Road
    Children are helped to recognise dangers and hazards and identify alternative crossing places.
  2. Crossing Safely at Parked Cars
    Children are taught how to use a safe strategy for crossing near parked cars – when avoiding them is impossible.
  3. Crossing Safely Near Junctions
    Children are introduced to the problems of simple and complex junctions, and taught a strategy for looking systematically in all directions.

If you’d like more information or to apply for the scheme for your school, please click here.

Independent Travel Training

The Independent Travel Training Scheme (ITTS) aims to give pupils with Additional Learning Needs (ALN) the key skills and confidence to travel around the city independently, using public transport.  The scheme is funded by the Welsh Government and focuses on providing free one to one training to encourage ALN pupils to use public transport to travel to and from school.

For more information please click here.

Related projects

Cardiff Council is always working on projects to improve travel for all modes, and is keen to make sure that everyone has the right opportunity to feedback their thoughts and ideas. This page brings you an opportunity to find out more about work in progress. Click on the links below to take a closer look.

Our Active Travel Schools

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School Case Studies

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School Streets

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