PUPILS at Forest School in Horsham got on the right route to becoming safer road users last week.
They took part in ROUTES workshops delivered in conjunction with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP).
ROUTES – The Teenage Highway Code, is a 21st century update on road safety for young people aged 11 to 16.
Developed by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and the Puppet Broadcasting Company, the package comprises 15 interactive modules that can be taught in schools, by teachers, to increase awareness of road safety issues among this vulnerable teenage age group.
“Year 10 pupils took part in the Young Driver workshop as part of our Enrichment Day programme,” said community development officer at the school, Laura Ward.
“This resource is excellent. It has been designed specifically for schools and developed to target teenagers in a way that they can relate to.”
This innovative new product is being gifted to every school across Sussex.
The lesson content is supported by road safety professionals giving interviews on the day-to-day nature of their work as well as utilising real voices, stories and thoughts of young people to get the message across.
Siobhan Denning, Forest School headteacher, said: “We were extremely pleased to be part of the trialling of ROUTES last year.
“Now it has been fully launched, we have incorporated it into our programme of Enrichment Days and will be looking at bringing it into tutor time and PSHE lessons next year.”
Forest School also opened up the workshops as part of the SSRP’s programme of ROUTES demonstration days, with more than 30 teachers and road safety professionals taking up the opportunity to see ROUTES in action.
Anyone wishing to find out more about ROUTES – The Teenage Highway Code can log on to www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk