Roads: Safety

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 22nd October 2007.

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Photo of Mark Hunter Mark Hunter Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

(1) what recent representations he has received on introducing road safety as a compulsory part of the national curriculum; and whether this issue is being reviewed;

(2) whether there are any plans to introduce road safety as a compulsory part of the national curriculum; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

holding answer 19 October 2007

The Department has in 2007 received no specific representations on introducing road safety as a compulsory part of the National Curriculum.

The secondary school curriculum has been reviewed this year by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. The revised curriculum, to be phased in from September 2008, includes new programmes of study for Personal Social Health and Economic Education. There is scope to cover road safety through the key concept of risk where pupils are taught that the

'ability to recognise, assess and manage risk is essential to physical safety'.

The Department's "Safety Education: Guidance for schools" advises how schools can deliver safety education, which would include road safety education, within the framework for Personal, Social and Health Education. Beyond that it also highlights how other parts of the national curriculum can be used to develop children's ability to assess and control risks to themselves and others.

In view of the curriculum review, we do not plan to review our position on making road safety a compulsory part of the national curriculum. We will continue to work with the Department for Transport and others on ways to support the effective delivery of safety education within the curriculum.

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