Wirral Council adopts a lifelong learning approach to road safety.

Our road safety team delivers the message of 'Shared Roads, Shared Responsibility' through education to local schools on how to safely use our roads as a pedestrian, as a cyclist or in a vehicle. 

All Wirral schools are offered a Road Safety session for Early Years, Year 6, Year 7 and Year 10 pupils.

Early Years

'Walk-Wise Kids' is an excellent road safety educational resource developed to provide Early Years Practitioners and parents with an effective way to teach young children about road safety. 

Walk-Wise Kids is based around a series of story books that explores real-life scenarios which young children will encounter. Each book creates lots of opportunities to talk about road safety. Additional resources are provided which are both interactive and child-friendly. These include small-world play, role-play and creative activities. There are also online resources available through a website.

The resources utilise illustrations are simple, engaging, bright and promote language. Through using these resources children will be able to learn about keeping safe on the roads.

The resources have been planned using the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage. They are based upon the principles and characteristics of effective learning relating to:

  • playing and exploring
  • active learning
  • creating and thinking critically

The activities promote development across all areas and enable children to be effective and motivated learners. The Early Years Providers Packs contain a number of themed plans linked to each book.

View a short presentation showing the resources being used in a classroom setting

Walk-Wise Kids is one of the few Road Safety products, aimed at this age group, which has been evaluated and shown to have statistically significant improvement in outcomes. View more information on the Walk Wise Kids website

Year 6

Prepares pupils for the transition to Secondary School and focuses on building the skills needed to travel independently and confidently. Topics include pedestrian safety, crossing roads, traffic awareness, safe cycling, car seats and seatbelts.

Year 7

Focuses on the main causes of road traffic collisions in this high-risk age group:

  • peer influence
  • distractions
  • risky behaviours
  • how to manage the increased risks safely

How to get to secondary school

Year 10

Raises awareness of the increased risks young people face as passengers when travelling in a vehicle with a young or novice driver and peers.  Students are offered information, coping strategies and guidance on making safer choices.

16 to 19 year-olds

Sessions are also available for 16-19 year-olds to highlight the issues young drivers face when they have passed their test and are most vulnerable. Topics such as drugs and alcohol, fatigue, speed, distractions and passenger influence are covered.

Resources for schools

We also have several resources available for schools which can be used to support interactive road safety campaigns, including speed guns and leaflets to raise awareness on the problems of parking around schools.

Parking outside schools

Parking outside schools - road safety campaign

Download digital and print media assets for the 'Parking outside school 2022' campaign:

Contact us

For more information email roadsafety@wirral.gov.uk