Road safety education
The Road Safety Education Program is the NSW Government's leading model of support for educating children and young people about road safety. Our Road Safety Education Program provides curriculum focused classroom resources and professional development to teachers and childhood educators throughout NSW. We partner with the NSW early childhood and school education sectors to ensure that developmentally appropriate road safety education is included as part of teachers' programs.
NSW is the only state in Australia with a comprehensive road safety partnership with the education sectors that includes a dedicated team of road safety education specialists to support teachers in the teaching of road safety as part of the NSW curriculum.
Our program partners are the Association of Independent Schools of NSW, Catholic Schools NSW, Department of Education, and Kids and Traffic, Early Childhood Road Safety Education Program. Our partnership enables classroom teachers to access professional support and teaching resources that allows them to deliver road safety education to 3000-plus primary and secondary schools.
Road safety in early childhood
Our Kids and Traffic, Early Childhood Road Safety Education Program is funded by Transport for NSW and delivered in partnership with Macquarie University. The program provides access to professional development workshops, road safety education resources, advice and strategies to more than 4000 early childhood services across NSW. Kids and Traffic provides service to:
- families and carers of young children, including grandparents
- educators in early childhood services and transition-to-school programs
- early childhood education students in universities and TAFE colleges
- state and local government, including road safety officers
- early intervention and family support services
- early childhood and road safety organisations.
Road safety education in schools
We fund the Association of Independent Schools of NSW, Catholic Schools NSW and the Department of Education to provide professional development to teachers in the quality teaching of road safety as part of the curriculum and wellbeing programs. Road safety is taught in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE).
Our road safety education specialists employed in government, Catholic and independent school sectors are qualified teachers and experts in their field. They provide professional learning and advice to principals, teachers and schools about teaching road safety.
The road safety education specialists are experts in curriculum and road safety education. They provide professional learning to teachers to equip them with the knowledge and skills to teach quality road safety education. They show teachers how to use our resources in the classroom to create effective teaching and learning programs.
Our Safety Town website is a suite of digital and non-digital teaching and learning activities to support the teaching of road safety from Kindergarten to Year 6 in NSW primary schools.
The website includes interactive activities, comprehensive teaching notes, links to relevant transport information, and updated information for families.
Safety Town helps families to reinforce road safety messages and concepts that are taught at school.
Our On the move website provides comprehensive lesson plans and resources for secondary Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) teachers to support the teaching of road safety as part of the syllabus.
Contact your road safety school education specialists
Each education sector has road safety education specialists employed to help schools with road safety in the classroom:
For more information
Road safety education for primary schools.
Drivers must obey the school zone speed limit of 40km/h during the times on the school zone signs. The lower speed limit improves safety.