Information for Teachers

Why your students must see Learn2Live...

Every year some of Devon and Cornwall's sixth form students are involved in collisions. In 2015 (the most recently available statistics from the Dept for Transport) 1,732 people lost their lives on Britain's roads and a staggering 22,137 were seriously injured (Source:Reported road casualties in Great Britain 2015)

According to the World Health Organisation road traffic collisions are the single biggest cause of death for young people (Aged 15 - 29 years) worldwide.

1 in 5 young drivers will have a collision within the first six months of passing their test (RAC Foundation, 2014).  All of these statistics show that it is vital that as many young people as possible get to hear the life saving messages from Learn2Live.

Watch this short video to hear from students, teachers and road safety professionals why it is essential that all sixth form students in Devon and Cornwall attend a Learn2Live presentation.

 

Booking an event

The Learn2Live team hold a number of events throughout Devon and Cornwall - look at our list of upcoming events and book here. If you would like to find out more information about any of these events or getting help with road safety education please contact us at  [email protected]

Make time in the curriculum

Road safety is an important issue with young people. For 15 and 16 years olds upwards they are starting to move away from parental control, making choices about their futures and are more in ‘control’ of their lives.

Socialising is important and there is increasing peer group pressure. Risk taking and thrill seeking play a bigger part in their lives and in some cases, so does expose to criminality.

It is likely that the students will have received some road safety education at primary school, but this is often learning about rules and may not have involved students assessing risk and considering consequences of their actions.

By including road safety in the curriculum, there is opportunity for the students to develop the necessary skills to make sensible, safe choices and enhance their personal development and safety.

As you will know road safety is not specifically included in the curriculum and although as a topic it readily fits in with citizenship and PHSE, it often becomes squeezed out by more popular topics. As a non-examinable subject the time afforded can be extremely constrained within the time table.

Education for citizenship equips young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life. Citizenship encourages them to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate. Students learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms, and about laws and justice. They learn to take part in decision making and different forms of action. They play an active role in the life of their schools / colleges, neighbourhoods, communities and the wider society. From exploring citizenship they are able to evaluate information, make informed judgements and reflect on the consequences of their actions now and in the future.

Student welfare

Students can find the Learn2Live road safety presentations hard hitting. Whilst no graphic imagery is shown during the films some of the content could be emotionally challenging for some. It is important that schools and colleges ensure that there is professional emotional support on hand for our audience members both during and after the main Learn2Live events. Members from Road User Support Service (RUSS) will also on hand at the main Learn2Live events. RUSS is a unique organisation based in the South West that helps people who are dealing with emotional problems and trauma following a road traffic incident. Please ensure that all of your students are aware of the support and counselling services available through your school/college. We strongly advise that all parents are sent a letter informing them of the intention for their child to attend the Learn2Live event. A template letter to parents is available at the top of this page. Schools and colleges should familiarise themselves with the Learn2Live Event Risk Assessment Form which is available at the top of this page.