Kids and young people are at the heart of RSW!

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Are you a teacher, youth worker, or early-learning educator? Then register now to take part in RSW!

All kids and young people use roads and have experienced road danger; so it's the perfect topic for a project that can really engage them as well as save their lives, while also meeting curriculum goals. Road Safety Week is a great time to tie your activities into a national event, and kick-start campaigns in your area.

So help stop the carnage by signing up to run a road safety project in Road Safety Week, and we'll stay in touch with you along the way, helping you to run a great event.

Read our ideas below to get you started, then register to get our e-bulletins full of tips, ideas and downloadable resources to use during the Week!

Theme ideas

This year's Road Safety Week theme is speed. You can use this theme as a basis for some activities, for example:

  • Early years: hold a Beep Beep! Day and learn about traffic and how fast it is, sing road safety songs, and make posters to help parents and children stay safe.
  • Primary and intermediate: link RSW with Primary Science Week and learn about speed in science lessons, or create posters telling drivers to slow down outside your school. 
  • Secondary and youth: learn about forces of motion in physics, investigate why drivers speed, or challenge your young people to make a video about the risks of speeding and what pressures might influence drivers' to speed.

For early years:

  • RSW early yearsRun a Beep Beep! Day, teaching children key road safety messages and engaging parents too.
  • Talk about road safety, read a road safety story or sing a road safety song.
  • Teach that traffic is dangerous and holding hands is important.
  • Invite a visitor in to talk about road safety, e.g. a Police officer or local road safety officer.
  • Make a road safety display using free posters from Brake. Register today to receive those resources.
  • Mention Road Safety Week and promote road safety in your newsletter to parents.
  • Send a flyer or newsletter to parents about road safety.
  • Fundraise for Brake on your Beep Beep! Day or by running a Bright Day for Brake and help us to continue providing free support resources to bereaved families.
  • Ask parents and staff to take the family road safety survey, and help Brake's media work.

For primary and intermediate schools:

  • RSW15 AklRun science lessons on speed. This year's Primary Science Week is on road safety and resources are available for schools. Why not link Road Safety Week with Science Week (15-19 May).
  • Talk about road safety in your assemblies or hold a special road safety assembly or open event for parents.
  • Use our hands-up survey for 5-11 year olds to get students' opinions on road safety in your area and use the results to devise some activities for the Week.
  • Integrate road safety learning into curriculum lessons, e.g. drama, geography. For more information on bringing road safety into the classroom visit our Teacher Zone. You can also use NZTA's education resources.
  • Make a road safety display in your school/centre using free posters from Brake. Register today to receive those resources.
  • Talk to your local council's road safety coordinator or community Police about road safety and any activities happening in your local area.
  • Mention Road Safety Week / promote road safety in your newsletter to parents.
  • Send a special flyer/newsletter to parents about road safety.
  • Challenge the children to create a road safety poster/leaflet/banner/film/play.
  • Organise a media photo call. Find out from your local council the number of people killed and injured on your region's roads last year. Arrange for that number of people to lie down in the shape of that number somewhere safe (e.g. a school playground).
  • Run a local campaign to make improvements to the safety of a road in your area. Arrange a media spokesperson. Talk in advance to local officials, so they know what you are doing and you can ask them for any necessary safety advice. Read our community campaign guide.
  • Have a special guest in to talk about road safety, for example, a police officer, or drama group.
  • Fundraise by running a Bright Day for Brake (when everyone turns up wearing something bright in return for a donation!) to help us continue to provide free support resources for bereaved families.
  • Fundraise for Brake in another way. View a range of fundraising ideas.

For high schools, colleges and youth groups:

  • young peopleWork with young people? Run a workshop for them about the dangers of driving, and the messages in the Brake Pledge. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for guidance on how to do this.
  • Challenge the young people to create a road safety poster/leaflet/banner/film/play.
  • Talk about road safety in your assemblies or hold a special road safety assembly or open event for parents.
  • Make a road safety display in your school/centre using free posters from Brake. Register today to receive those resources.
  • Mention Road Safety Week / promote road safety in your newsletter to parents.
  • Integrate road safety learning into curriculum lessons, e.g. drama, geography. For more information on bringing road safety into the classroom visit our Teacher Zone. You can also use NZTA's education resources.
  • Organise a media photo call. Find out from your local council the number of people killed and injured on your region's roads last year. Arrange for that number of people to lie down in the shape of that number somewhere safe (e.g. a school playground).
  • Run a local campaign to make improvements to the safety of a road in your area. Arrange a media spokesperson. Talk in advance to local officials, so they know what you are doing and you can ask them for any necessary safety advice. Read our community campaign guide.
  • Have a special guest in to talk about road safety, for example, a police officer, or drama group.
  • Fundraise by running a Bright Day for Brake (when everyone turns up wearing something bright in return for a donation!)
  • Fundraise for Brake in another way. View a range of fundraising ideas.

Don't forget to register to tell us what you're planning so we can feature your activities.

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