The NZ Transport Agency has streamlined its website for schools and is planning new road safety education resources.
Teachers will find the Education Portal has a new look and a mobile-friendly design, while continuing to provide quality road safety education resources.
The Education Portal is run by the NZ Transport Agency to host its school programme.
“Our mission is to help young people learn deeply about safer journeys and our transport system,” says Senior Education Advisor Pamela McConchie.
“Teachers are critical to this outcome and are the key audience for the website. With that in mind, the Education Portal website will grow around how best to work with teachers to generate effective learning.”
Pamela joined the Transport Agency this year and will lead ongoing development of its school programme.
She has 20 years of teaching experience with specialisation in geography. At Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Wellington, she held senior positions including Associate Principal and Head of Humanities.
“Safer journeys are a goal that all young people can relate to, and curriculum-aligned learning enables outcomes based on authentic learning,” says Pamela.
“Students need to be at the centre of this learning process. We want to help them grow into individuals who are alert, skilled and participatory citizens when it comes to using New Zealand’s transport systems.
“To that end, I am getting out and about talking with our young people and meeting teachers and partner organisations to develop an effective education programme. Expect new thing on the Education Portal. And feedback is always appreciated.”
Secondary curriculum, primary (Years 1-8) curriculum, school policy and practices and school community partnerships.
Curriculum resources are written by practising teachers and respected educators. You’ll find work by Pam Hook, Karen Spencer, Hayden Shaw and others.
The School Traffic Safety Teams Manual is the official resource supporting schools and police to organise and run school patrols.
Road safety information for families and students includes the Hike it, Bike it, Scoot it, Skate it pamphlet available online in eight languages.
Stories and videos featuring New Zealand teachers and students working on road safety in innovative curriculum settings
Questions schools can use to examine the efficacy of road safety education, Fact Sheets describing research findings on effective road safety education, and research papers by education thought leaders.
As well, the website includes road safety education news, highlights from virtual field trips covering our transport system, and hosts results from past competitions for school students.