Secondary school

Road safety is taught as part of the PDHPE K-10 syllabus and in the Safe Travel learning context of the 25-hour mandatory course Life Ready, for senior students.

As students become independent road users, they can still be vulnerable road users. The skills, attitudes, and behaviours need to be developed to help them and others stay safe as a pedestrian, passenger, wheels user and future driver.

Driver education is taught in NSW secondary schools, not driver training.

An effective road safety education program needs to:

  • be developmentally appropriate
  • address specific road safety syllabus content
  • be taught sequentially in each Stage by teachers
  • reflect local road safety issues
  • take a strengths-based approach
  • be ongoing, not a one-off event when using external providers
  • avoid the use of shock tactics.

Support for teachers

Your Road Safety Education Officer is your dedicated resource for curriculum support and ideas to implement road safety education at your school.

Road safety education officers run free professional learning workshops for teachers about road safety education. They will help you address local road safety issues through teaching and learning.

Calendar of events 2023 which can support road safety.

Teaching resources

Transport for NSW has updated its online road safety education resource for secondary teachers On the Move. It contains refreshed teaching and learning for Stages 4-6 and comprehensive information for families and students.

The layout is simpler which helps teachers to quickly navigate the site. You will need to created a new login when you first log in.

Get your hand off it road safety teaching and learning activity (Word doc 1.6MB) is a sequence of four activities which students identify the:

  • features of safety campaigns,
  • need for a campaign in relation to mobile phone use as a road user
  • target audience
  • key messages for the community

Students work together collaboratively to develop a campaign that is targeted towards their local community and needs.

First aid on the road (word doc 74.1MB)

To improve the safety of themselves and others, students will create a car crash kit that could be used in case of a road emergency. Students will develop skills in: decision making, problem-solving, help-seeking, communication and collaboration.

Crash investigation (word doc 98.3MB)

To improve and promote the safety of themselves and others, students will explore a range of causal factors in road and traffic related crashes and injuries. Students will develop skills and strategies in: strengthening personal identity, self-awareness, decision making, problem solving, communication and collaboration.

This resource assists teachers and students explore Transport for NSW's Towards Zero campaign and the Ottawa Charter.

Towards Zero and the Ottawa Charter Powerpoint (PPT 1,234 KB)

Toward Zero and the Ottawa Charter Teacher notes (PDF 603KB)

Activity 3 - The Trends (drag and drop activity) (PPT 2,338 KB)

For 40 weeks of every year, as they travel to and from school from Mondays to Fridays, your students are a part of the road and traffic environment.

They may travel as a pedestrian, passenger, public transport user, bike or scooter rider, motorcyclist or driver.

The fact is it’s something they regularly do which means teaching safe road user behaviours can be authentically embedded in many different places in the PDHPE K-10 syllabus.

Review the following mapping resource for your stage of teaching to see where you can program road safety into your PDHPE scope and sequence and teaching and learning activities.

Download these suggested mapping tools to help you program road safety and select the content to cater for your students' needs.

Stage 4 road safety in PDHPE 7-10 mapping tool (PDF 221KB)

Stage 5 road safety in PDHPE 7-10 mapping tool (PDF 221KB))

Life Ready aims to prepare and support students in Years 11 and 12 in NSW public schools as they encounter situations related to identity, independence and their changing responsibilities.

The learning and teaching activities provided are optional support materials for the implementation of Life Ready. Materials should be reviewed in full and supported by the Principal. Follow the implementation advice for Life Ready.

Teaching and learning resources are available to support the Safe Travel learning context.

- Counting the cost (DOCX 52KB)

- Home safely (DOCX 1,231 KB)

- Reducing road user distraction (DOCX 49.24KB)

- Travelling safely locally and overseas (DOCX 48.6KB)

- Safe travel - Can you really multitask?

Find out more by attending our Life Ready: Teaching the skills through safe travel workshop.

Tracksafe education website provides teaching and learning activities to support safety around trains.

The Schools' Sport Unit have developed a new online module - Introduction to Cycling.

It supports teachers and school leaders in planning, programming and implementing a cycling program as a component of school sport. The online learning explores teaching and learning resources to support the implementation of a school cycling program, safe riding practices, safety and rules for bicycle riders and fundamental riding skills.

Schools considering implementing cycling as a sport need to follow the department's Cycling - bicycle safety skills guidelines (DoE)

Contact your local Road Safety Education Officer for any ideas.

Other useful links

Transport for NSW have presented their road crash data via interactive reports to better understand road safety issues and trends.

The reports can provide information on casualties and crashed in NSW by LGA, age group, crash type, gender, trends and road users.

TfNSW Interactive crash statistics

Office of Road Safety - national organisation has a new dashboard of interactive statistics

National Road Safety Data Hub | Office of Road Safety

The Road safety education team have been working with STEM T4L to design new resources.

Some of these ideas are for primary schools which high schools could also use, depending on students' abilities and local needs.

The 360 SITU camera Kit can allow students and families to have a 360 view of their school, embedding road safety images and messages at entry and exit points.

This tool can support schools' agility when making changes due to COVID, with families not coming onto school grounds and managing staggered entry and exit of students.

See what Bronte Public School has developed for their community:

In 2022 there will be sample units for students to design their own 360 images and embedded road safety messages for safe entry and road use in the school zone.

Road safety can also be found throughout many of the STEM sample units available on T4L such as:

Early Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Stage 4

Contact your local Road safety education officer for more information about STEM and road safety.

Using transport contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.

Investigations about using transport can lead students to explore the alternatives and use safe active travel modes with lower environmental impacts and increased health and wellbeing.

Your schools' sustainable transport projects could include:

  1. designing a school community active travel initiative such as a walking or riding to school bus program.
  2. developing an integrated PDHPE unit on safe active travel in your local community.
  3. creating a recycling bike program or repurposing equipment to be a bike storage facility.
  4. working with P&C and local council to support safe active travel to and from school such as co-designing and implementing footpath decals.
  5. attending safe active travel teacher professional learning
  6. designing parent information events encouraging safe active travel at your school
  7. developing teaching and learning resources around the cross-curricular priority of sustainability
  8. working with your Student Representative Council to develop strategies for safe active travel such as a Positive Behaviour for Learning framework and student-run weekly activities
  9. networking with local schools on project-based learning challenges such as; how far does our school travel in a day or developing a time-lapse video of a student’s journey to school
  10. purchasing Fitbit’s to develop data to track safe active travel to and from school as pedestrians or on a bike
  11. developing walking and riding maps
  12. purchasing bike and scooter facilities
  13. promoting local public transport to increase their access to safe active travel
  14. developing Walk or Wheel tracking posters
  15. talk to your Road Safety Education Officer to get more ideas and assist with your application.

Case studies

Safe active walking to high school initiatives

  1. Balgowlah Heights PS
  2. Northmead CAPA HS

Driver education information

Find out what is the difference between driver education and driver training?

  • advice about using driving courses
  • useful links to share with students and families about getting your licence.

Ordering free resources

Order free resources from Transport for NSW that can be used in teaching and learning activities.

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