Secondary school pupils using signalling controls simulator

Secondary school resources

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 railway

Forty 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.
PowerPoint slideshow with embedded videos and a quiz about electricity around the railway for Key Stages 3 and 4. Includes accompanying teacher's guide. PC and Mac versions. NB save the presentation and videos in the same folder.

Lesson plan activities

Issues 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 crossings

With over 6,100 level crossings around Britain, it is important that young people understand how to use them safely.
  PowerPoint slideshow with embedded videos and a quiz for Key Stages 3 and 4.

Lesson plan activities

The 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.

Leighton and Sammy

Leighton's girlfriend Sammy died after tripping while taking a shortcut across the railway.

 

Perspectives

Railway staff and British Transport Police share their view of the impact of a death on the railway.

 

TV advertisements

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.

 

 

You can find further videos on our Staying safe YouTube playlists