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Pupils: Safety

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what education is given to pupils about road safety; and if he will make a statement. (159263)

The Department's “Safety Education: Guidance for schools” advises how schools can deliver safety education, which would include road safety education, within the framework of personal, social and health education. 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.

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”.

It is for schools to determine how road safety education is provided to their pupils.