Education about rail safety at Key Stages 3 and 4 (Scotland P7 to S4) provides young people with the information and skills to stay safe as they enjoy greater independence.
We worked closely with teachers and students to develop resources to help you run engaging, interactive activities that match different curriculum areas, including English and Science, and deliver Ofted requirements for PSHE teaching.
We encourage you to use the resources below to raise awareness of electrification on the railway, level crossings and railway safety.
Electricity and the railwayForty per cent of the network is electrified; this will grow by 25 per cent by 2020 and as new routes are electrified we need to educate young people about the increased danger.
Lesson plan activitiesIssues covered include the dangers of electricity around the railway, the history and future of the railway, the roots of risky behaviour and the role of peer pressure. Activities include a drama, a quiz and a safety campaign project. The accompanying student worksheets are available below. If you haven't held the assembly on electricity and the railway, we recommend using the assembly presentation (and supporting teacher's guide) to introduce the lesson.
Level crossingsWith over 6,100 level crossings around Britain, it is important that young people understand how to use them safely.
Lesson plan activitiesThe activities cover issues including level crossing safety and the general dangers around the railway. The roots of risky behaviour and the role of peer pressure are explored. Activities include a drama, a quiz and a community safety campaign. If you haven't held the assembly about level crossings, we recommend using the assembly presentation (and supporting teacher's guide) to introduce the lesson.
Crossing Over film
This six minute film combines a reconstruction with an interview with Tina Hughes, whose daughter Olivia was killed at a level crossing in 2005. It is suitable for ages 12 plus.
Real life story videos
Thought-provoking real life stories about incidents on the railway. You may wish to review before showing to the class.
The following TV advertising campaigns were launched to highlight the dangers of level crossings.
New technology and equipment
Watch computer generated images of how a new train is used to electrify the railway.