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STEPS Road Safety Training For Children

STEPS (Safety Training and Education for Pedestrians) teaches primary school children how to cross the road safely

How STEPS is delivered

During school time, trained volunteers teach Year 1 and Year 4 children. There are practical roadside lessons and some classroom-based activities. 

What children learn

  • 1st steps - choosing safe places and routes to cross the road
  • 2nd steps - crossing safely beween parked cars
  • 3rd steps - crossing safely at junctions  

Road safety is important

Nearly 40,000 children are killed or injured each year as a result of road accidents. Most of these accidents happen close to home, on journeys to and from school.

STEPS training helps children learn the skills they need to keep safe when crossing the road. 

You can help

Practice road safety with your child.

How to get STEPS information to your school

STEPs training is currently being delivered to Primary Schools in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. If it's not available in your school, we're happy to send information about the scheme.

Please email with your details.

Dorset Road Safe provides general road safety presentations to schools throughout the County for children aged between 3 and 18. The road safety presentations are flexible and can be designed around specific issues affecting your school or college.

  • We concentrate on the basics to ensure the important information is absorbed.
  • We make it clear that to be safe they need to be with a responsible adult and also holding hands at all times.  Also say how important it is to walk on the correct side on the pavement to the left of the adult away from the traffic.  Also walk, don’t run.
  • We also make the point about being seen clearly while walking by wearing some bright clothing preferably a high viz jacket for example and then show by way of demonstration how much clearer they stand out when stood next to someone in dark clothing.
  • We also cover the Green cross code.  Pointing out the safe and unsafe places to cross a road but again making the point how important it is to cross with an adult holding their hand.  We have the use of a set of traffic lights and a zebra crossing which we then use to show the children the safest way to cross a road. This then involves all the children and the staff so it reinforces the point.

This course is provided to schools and colleges FREE of charge. Other organisations are only required to pay a minimal fee for travel costs.

For more information or to book a presentation please email 

Dying to Drive

This interactive workshop is aimed at young adults that have a provisional driving licence or have recently passed their driving test.

The aim is to develop an appropriate level of awareness and knowledge that will enable students to become responsible road users however they use the road.

Students will have an opportunity to explore risks to themselves as pedestrians, passengers and drivers and how using modern technology influences those risks. They will be given some coping strategies that will enable them to decide how best to manage those risks as road users.

This course is provided to schools and colleges FREE of charge. Other organisations are only required to pay a minimal fee for travel costs.

Education establishments should allow an hour for this workshop and be prepared to carry out pre and post evaluation questionnaires.

To find out more and to book your place, email

SafeWise provides realistic and immersive learning experiences to equip visitors with the skills, knowledge and confidence to live active, fulfilling and safer lives in stronger communities. Our motto is 'Skills For Life'.

We opened our first centre as ‘StreetWise’ in Bournemouth in 1998. This is a full indoor street scene including shops, house, bus, beach, train and much more.

SafeWise Weymouth includes extensive fire safety scenarios and an outdoor road network with zebra and pedestrian crossings. We have exciting plans to update and expand both centres to allow the same range of programmes.

In 2019 we will be opening, with our partners Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service, a new third ‘state-of-the-art’ centre serving Swindon, Wiltshire, and further afield.


Through practical education in realistic scenarios we aim to:-

  • Increase awareness of safety and develop key life skills
  • Encourage visitors to develop personal confidence and to think for themselves
  • Promote teamwork and shared values
  • Encourage safer, healthier and more active lifestyles 
  • For full details of our programmes for a range of audiences please visit

Dying to Ride

Dying to Ride is a course for young adults who are thinking about learning to ride a moped, motorcycle or scooter. The presentation is interactive and has been designed to educate and inform young motorcycle riders about how to stay safe on the roads.

The presentation is packed with information and advice and covers subjects like the CBT process, the responsibilities of riding on public roads, the risks that riders potentially face on both urban and rural roads, as well as providing helpful tips and advice about safety equipment and accessories.

This course is provided to schools and colleges FREE of charge. Other organisations are only required to pay a minimal fee for travel costs.

The hour long interactive presentation uses a mixture of DVD and PowerPoint material.

To find out more and to book your place, please email

“The Borough of Poole’s Road Safety Team principal aim is to reduce the number of people of all ages killed or seriously injured on our roads and beyond.  We work closely with our colleagues in the Police, the Fire and Rescue Service, the NHS and Public Health to achieve the targets set out by Dorset RoadSafe in our Road Safety Strategy.


Much of what we do is with children in pre-schools as well as young people attending primary and secondary schools and academies.  We will provide road safety education in many guises, from a story-telling session with a group of 3-5 year-olds to a film and presentation for 17+ pre-drivers in the VI form.


We will discuss your needs and wants with you, often providing teaching and learning materials for you to use, taking assemblies or working in the classroom with students.  We may direct you towards sources of information if you choose to take responsibility for delivering road safety education yourself.


We appreciate that you are busy, often having to fit road safety education into a crowded curriculum.  We seek only to support you with the best, most appropriate, up to date methodology.  Keeping our children and young people safe and active is an ideal we would like to share with you.”


For more details please contact;

Nick Ellis BA (Hons) LesL PGCE

Road Safety Team

Growth and Infrastructure

Civic Centre

Poole BH15 2RU

Office: 01202 262032

Mobile: 07920 889 170

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Safe Drive Stay Alive is an educational experience that teaches young people not only the dangers, but also the consequences, of poor and dangerous driving.

The roadshow is based around powerful personal testimonies designed to make the audience aware of the nature and extent of personal tragedy and suffering a Road Traffic Collision can and does cause. A story of a road traffic collision links the onstage testimonies which come from serving members of all 3 emergency services, parents of young people who have lost their lives in a road traffic collision, and those left disabled by the actions of young drivers.

It leaves those attending aware of their personal vulnerability and accountability as new drivers and is designed to impact in a positive way upon their attitude towards the concept of driving. It is an education programme delivered by real people with real stories to share.

Each year we see around 4,000 students and are always looking to expand the programme to new schools and colleges. The roadshow is available FREE to every school and college for years 11,12 or 13 students.

If you would like to know more please contact

Venues & Dates

Ferndown Upper School BH22 9EY

Wednesday 18th September

13:30-14:40 hrs


Leaf Studio Bournemouth BH11 9JW

Wednesday 2nd October

11:00-12:00 hrs

Gillingham School, Gillingham, SP8 4QP

Wednesday 9th October 2019

13:50-14:50 hrs

Poole High School BH15 2BW

Tuesday 15th October

10:00-11:00 hrs

The Bourne Academy, Bournemouth BH10 5HS

Wednesday 16th October

10:15-11:15 hrs

Gryphon School, Sherborne DT9 4EQ

Tuesday 5th November

10:00-11:00 hrs

Sturminster Newton High School DT10 1DT

Wednesday 6th November

11:10 -12:10 hrs

Shaftesbury School SP7 8ER

Thursday 7th   November

13:45 -14:45hrs

Sherborne School for Boys DT9 3AP

including students from Sherborne School for Girls and Leweston School

Wednesday 13th November 2019 15:00-16:00 hrs

Woodroffe SchoolLyme Regis DT7 3LX

Friday 29th November

09:45-10:45 hrs

Purbeck School, Wareham, BH20 4PF

Monday 2nd December

14:00-15:00 hrs

Sir J. Colfox Academy, Bridport DT6 3DT

Tuesday 10th December

11:35-12:35 hrs

Including Beaminster School                

Poole Grammar School, Poole BH179JU

Thursday 19th December

09:30-10:30 hrs

Blandford School, DT11 7SQ

Wednesday 22nd January

14:00 hrs

Bournemouth School for Boys, BH8 9PY

Monday 9th March

10:35-11:35 hrs

Bournemouth School for Girls, Bournemouth BH8 9UJ

Friday 3rd April

11:30-12:30 hrs

Weymouth Pavilion, DT4 8ED,  Monday 18th November 10:00-11:00hrs

Thomas Hardye School, DT1 2ET, Thursday 21st November 10:15-11:15 hrs,


Corfe Hills School, BH18 9BG, Wednesday 22nd April 14:00-15:00 hrs



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