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Erith primary school pupils have completed a programme which teaches them how to walk to school safely

PUBLISHED: 13:03 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:03 30 March 2017

St Fidelis Catholic Primary School pupils crossing the road with a volunteer

St Fidelis Catholic Primary School pupils crossing the road with a volunteer

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The Walkability programme relies on volunteers to take the children out onto Bexley roads to show them how to cross and walk safely

More than 60, seven and eight-year-olds from St Fidelis Catholic Primary School, Erith have completed a training programme which teaches them how to walk safely to and from school.

The Walkability programme, run by volunteers, is an award-winning scheme which has been re-launched this year by the London Borough of Bexley.

It aims to give children real life experience of how to cross roads safely. The children are taken out of the classroom environment in small groups, and coached at the roadside, to make safer choices on where and how to cross roads.

Alex Sawyer, Bexley cabinet member for traffic and transport said: “We have had enormous success over the last ten years in reducing the number of people killed or injured on Bexley roads. But any injury is one too many.

“Through child pedestrian training in year three we hope to start a lifelong process of learning how to interact with roads and other road users. “The scheme aims to improve child pedestrian safety and it complements our cyclist training programme for year six students, offering a broad approach to road user training.”

Mr Hannon, head teacher of St Fidelis said: “The safety of our children is at the forefront of everything we do. School is more than just English and Mathematics. We need to prepare children to face everyday challenges, so they can have long and successful lives.

“I recommend Walkability to other schools as a great way to teach children effectively about road safety, as well as to engage parents in school life.”

The scheme relies on volunteers to deliver the training to the children. Each volunteer undergoes training and support from road safety officers. Every child receives four sessions on the roadside, covering topics such as safe places to cross, hazards and how to cross between parked cars.

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