Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Road Safety

Transitional Peer Education

During the Easter Term 2011, the Road Safety team became involved in a peer education scheme in conjunction with Neath Port Talbot Community Safety Team.

Students from Year 9 of Comprehensive schools in the borough were invited to a residential weekend, held at Margam Park Discovery Centre. During this time, the students attended a variety of workshops on various safety topics which are relevant to the pupils undergoing the transition from year 6 to year 7.

The Road Safety team this year focused the students onto the importance of distractions to pedestrians of this age bracket. Recent accident statistics have shown that individuals of the 11 - 15 age bracket are more likely to be killed or seriously injured as a pedestrian and the excessive use of mobile phones, I pods and peer pressure are deemed to be the main forms of this distraction.

Following the weekend of training, the students then selected a topic and devised a lesson to deliver to year 6 within their school catchment at Crucial Crew.

Partnership working on this project was extremely successful and the Road Safety team looks forward to continuing with this project for many years to come.