#7 – Appoint a traffic contact teacher at school
All schools should have a teacher that acts as a coordinator or central point of contact for traffic safety and mobility education. On the one hand, this teacher would motivate, inspire, guide and support the other teachers in providing proper lessons in road safety and sustainable mobility. Alternatively, the teacher could (also) be responsible for teaching and conducting part of the education, for example the theoretical and practical bicycle tests.
On the other hand, this teacher would be the central contact person for the school – advising and guiding the school’s head teacher and other teachers with regards to traffic safety and mobility education. They would also be the school’s link to the municipality, the police and road safety organisations.
This designated teacher, whether a dedicated road safety teacher or a regular teacher responsible for a class, should receive training in order to stay up-to-date.
Appointing a regular teacher as a traffic safety contact teacher is furthermore a low-cost measure, as the teacher would already receive a salary, yet would ensure that the provision of traffic safety and mobility education is improved at the school. Experiences in Norway and Denmark show that pupils of schools that have appointed such teachers receive more traffic safety and mobility education.
BEST PRACTICE EXAMPLES
Denmark – Courses and Materials for Traffic Contact Teachers
The Danish Ministry of Education recommends appointing a traffic contact teacher at all schools that teach pupils aged 6-16 years old. They are also encouraged to participate in the traffic contact teachers’ courses organised by the Danish Road Safety Council (Sikker Trafik), which are held yearly for new and ‘old’ traffic contact teachers. These two-day courses provide information on available teaching materials and include exercises and discussions on how to be a “good” traffic contact teacher
Flanders – Contact Person in Traffic Working Groups
The Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge (VSV) promotes the use of traffic working groups at schools in Flanders. Such working groups consist of teachers and parents, with one person functioning as contact point. It is however not uncommon that a prevention advisor acts as contact person for traffic safety at secondary schools (and sometimes at primary schools), due to their expertise with regards to safety in general. Nevertheless, the traffic safety lessons are usually given by teachers actively engaged with the topic.
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