A whole-school approach where schools, communities and parents work together, is likely to be most effective in increasing active travel for school journeys and reducing road-related harms for children and young people.
This whole school approach has led to the development of a set of evidence-based Principles for School Road Safety Education that are supported by education systems and school road safety educators across Australia.
The three identified components are:
A focus on student learning that is age appropriate, models leading practice and integrates into teachers’ work
Ethos and Environment
Walking the walk – demonstrating that the school values active travel and safe traffic behaviours
Includes examination of the impact that school policies and traditions have on children’s active travel
Parents and Community
Acknowledges parents role as the child’s first teachers, and the decision makers about children's independent mobility
Explores the impact of parent mode choice on local school traffic congestion and children’s safety
Schools make a commitment to