As Year 6 children in Knowsley schools prepare to move to secondary school, the council’s Road Safety Team is providing advice and guidance for safe, independent travel.
The start of secondary school is often the time when children gain a lot more independence and are more likely to start travelling to school on their own for the first time.
To make sure pupils are properly prepared for this new-found freedom and responsibility, families are being urged to read the guide – ‘Moving Up’ – with their children before the start of the new term.
With lots of useful information on potential risks, how you can help, top tips for different modes of transport plus a helpful checklist for safe travel – it’s a must read for anyone with children starting secondary school in September.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said:
“Knowsley’s Road Safety Team spend a lot of time working closely with schools and working with primary pupils, particularly those in Year 6 who are soon to make the transition to secondary school.
“This guide for parents and carers is a really useful way to share those important road safety messages.
“Given the shocking statistics that pupils in Years 7 to 9 are three times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions than those in Years 4 to 6, we’re urging all families with children in Year 6 to read the Moving Up guide to help prepare their child for safe and independent travel.”
The Road Safety team is delivering a copy of the guide, as well as a pedestrian distraction booklet, to every pupil in Year 6. An online version of the guide will also be made available to parents across the region via the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership.