Beddau pupils of all ages have secured essential training and experience – thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Road Safety Team!
Staff from the specialist unit have been working in Llwyncrwyn Primary School, delivering the important Kerbcraft sessions that help keep young pedestrians safe when they are out and about.
Key to the success of this course was the work of Form 6 pupils at Bryncelynnog Comprehensive, who are studying child development and volunteered their time on Kerbcraft to help out and assist their studies.
For the last 10 weeks, they have been working with the Road Safety Unit and teachers to deliver interesting and engaging sessions about being safe pedestrians, crossing the road safely, being seen by motorists and more.
Kerbcraft is a successful scheme developed by the University of Strathclyde that aims to teach children about safe use of the roads in a practical environment, rather than a classroom.
As such, all of the work completed by the children has been outside, where they have looked at safe places to cross, crossing safely near parked cars or junctions.
As well as expert support from the Road Safety Unit and their teachers, the children at Beddau also benefited from the input of their parents, who volunteered their time to help deliver the course.
Cllr Andrew Morgan, Cabinet Member for Transport, Customer Care and Emergency Planning, said: ““We are all aware of the possible dangers associated with traffic on the road and the sooner we educate children on these hazards, the safer they become.
“Once again, these initiatives manage to inform and educate young children in an entertaining manner which helps them to remember the basic rules of road safety.
“I am pleased Beddau pupils have now benefitted from it and thank them for all their enthusiasm and commitment, which makes Kerbcraft such a success. Also thanks to the Bryncelynnog pupils who assisted.”