Teaching and learning

Why teach road safety?

Road safety is a key health issue. Road-related trauma is one of the leading causes of accidental death and injury for children and young people in NSW. Through our partnership with Transport for NSW, we are committed to help reduce this by supporting teachers to implement quality road safety education programs.

Our policy

The Department's Road safety education, driver education and training policy requires that we teach road safety in all stages as part of the PDHPE K-10 syllabus and the 25 hour mandatory course Life Ready for senior students.

Road safety resources for the classroom

Transport for NSW, in partnership with the education sectors, has developed resources to support you to plan, program and teach road safety at your school. Use these resources to

  • enhance learning experiences for your students
  • tailor activities to cater to your school's traffic environment
  • assist your school to address a key health issue
  • teach as part of a whole-school approach to road safety
  • adapt activities to the learning needs of students.

Support for teachers

Road Safety Education Officers are based in educational services teams to help you develop and deliver effective road safety education by:

  • providing quality professional learning in road safety education
  • giving you curriculum support and advice about the department's policy
  • helping you to promote the key road safety messages
  • support you to develop strategies that encourage safe parent and carer road safety behaviours around your school.

PDHPE curriculum support

Teachers can get further support for implementing the PDHPE syllabus by going to the department's PDHPE curriculum site.

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