School community partnerships
Students’ learning about and for a safe road/rail system is influenced by consistent messages and practices by all members of the school community. This membership includes parents, students, whānau, school staff, police, and territorial authorities.
School community partnerships may be evident by:
- Contribution of school community members in maintaining a road safety education policy.
- Enthusiasm from parents/whānau for road patrol duty.
- Road safety units that include home school partnerships.
- Parent/guardians adhering to guidelines/rules designed to improve safety e.g. minimising school gate congestion, vehicle and driver requirements for EOTC activities.
- Road safety messages (preferably student developed) are included in school newsletters
- Police officers and school travel planners regularly visit the school.
- The school community responds positively to reported instances of dangerous or potential dangerous road use.
- Student learning in road safety units is incorporated into policies/procedures/guidelines developed by the school and local territorial authorities which affect driver, pedestrian, cyclist and passenger behavior in the local school community.
- Students’ learning directly influences their transport and play environment. E.g. considerate road sharing, safer crossing points, road calming for safer vehicle speeds, alternative cycle and pedestrian routes away from roads, changes to the school’s road safety education policy.
Case studies in a minute
Quick-fire highlights from the NZ Transport Agency newsletters show how schools have worked with partner agencies on providing students with learning experiences and environments that increase access to safe school travel. Read them here:
More resourcesFind the latest road safety education resources from New Zealand and overseas, on the NZTA Pinterest board:
List of NZTA resources
A process for building school communities is identified in a range of educational programmes including:
This Road Map directs schools and communities to road safety education resources relevant for each stage of a child’s development. Versions available for years 1-8 and secondary.
School Community Officers (formerly called Police Education Officers) are experienced police officers who work in collaboration with whole school communities, to enhance community safety, including road safety.
All the resources you need for setting up a Walking School Bus at your school
Using these Point of View videos students can identify hazards, discuss and role play safe practices, and watch models of safe pedestrian behaviour.
Key road safety education information and case studies are available on highlights pages. These are from past NZ Transport Agency newsletters to schools. The full newsletters are also here as PDF files.
Articles about road safety education in New Zealand from magazines and journals aimed at school professionals. These include practical ideas and an overview of how road safety education supports the day-to-day work of schools.
A collection of leaflets describing the things you need to know to help teach your child about staying safe on roads, cycling, walking, taking the bus and near railways.
A SlideShare and PowerPoint presentation for families, caregivers and teachers. Describes key safety procedures to follow when riding a push scooter.
A safe school travel plan provides an opportunity for parents, caregivers, schools and the community to work together to improve safety. This booklet was updated in June 2011 and is published online only.
On this page, you can see all NZTA posters, charts and other printable resources. These include road and rail safety posters, Feet First resources and walking school bus resources.