FOOTSTEPS

Footsteps is a practical pedestrian training scheme for young children, which develops awareness of roads and helps them live safely with traffic. Children are taken into the local area with a trained tutor to observe the traffic and discuss road safety. It forms part of the portfolio of pedestrian training programme New Journey, which includes First Steps for pre-school children and Making Tracks which is aimed at children moving on from primary to secondary school.

The 1994-98 average number of children killed or seriously injured (KSI) on the roads of Great Britain was almost 7,000 per year. 20% of accidents in 5-9 year olds and 40% of accidents in 10-14 year olds occur on journeys to and from school.

Footsteps is a three stage programme which focuses on the skills needed to become safer road users. It includes:

  • The Green Cross Code
  • safe places
  • vehicle lights
  • stopping, looking and listening
  • crossing – while holding an adults hand
  • fast and slow
  • near and far
  • parked cars
  • crossing
  • being seen
  • weather conditions
  • people who can help
  • planning a safe route

In 2010 the average number of child KSIs had reduced to 2,502 per year. This could be due to the introduction of training programmes like Footsteps.

Road Safety Lesson plans are available to support Footsteps Training. You may also like to invite Gist Ltd to come along to your school to deliver their Child Road Safety Programme.

Setting up Tutor training

Schools should appoint a Footsteps Co-ordinator to organise Tutor Training and arrange the children’s training sessions.

Tutors can be parents, grandparents or Learning Support Assistants, even teaching staff if they have the time. They must attend a Tutor Training course, organised by the Transport Strategy Team at Bucks County Council. The course lasts up to 1 ½ hours and takes place at two venues, County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury and Council Offices, Eastern Street, High Wycombe, each term. Training is free of charge to all schools, nurseries and children’s centres.

All training sessions are 10am until 12noon,

Places are limited on all courses. They will be available to book at the start of each term.

Dates for 2017-18 academic year:

28th September 2017

Aylesbury – Mezz 1, County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, – HP20 1UY

3rd October 2017

High Wycombe – Bucks County Council , Wycombe Area Office, Easton Street, High Wycombe, HP11 1NH

For Bookings Please contact Corinne Randall: crandall@buckscc.gov.uk or Tel 01296 383432.

Schools usually train children from Year One or Year Two – depending on how many Tutors are available. Each child will take part at least twice a term. Certificates can be awarded once a stage is completed. These can be downloaded.

Some schools train children so they can take part in Crocodile Trails.

If you are interested in being a Tutor please contact your Head Teacher or Corinne Randall.