More than 1,000 children will learn vital road safety skills as part of a project which is being rolled out across Stoke-on-Trent.
Around 1,300 pupils from 37 schools will benefit from the scheme which is being funded by the city council and delivered by TCC Road Safety Services.
Year five children, who are aged nine and 10, will learn how to spot a hazard and boost their road safety skills.
They will be shown a DVD which teaches them how to cross the road in safety and will then go on an ‘urban trail’ around their local school as well as taking part in an interactive quiz to test their knowledge.
The initiative, which will start after the May half term.
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, said:
“This is an excellent initiative which will teach children the vital skills they need to get around safely when they are by themselves. It is particularly relevant to children in year five, many of whom will be walking to high school next year.
“We are always promoting the benefits of young people walking to school – boosting fitness levels, saving money and improving wellbeing. It is important that we equip our children with the knowledge and confidence so that they can reap these benefits.”
Nick Lloyd, Director of TCC Road Safety Services, said:
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council on such a valuable project. Road safety is a vital life skill which becomes increasingly important as children become more independent and start to travel to school unaccompanied.”