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Young visitors to the centre on Vauxhall Road in Nechells, Birmingham will learn important skills in journey planning, with an emphasis on them developing greater independence as they move towards secondary school.
The Safer Travel Partnership is comprised of Centro, the region's public transport co-ordinator, West Midlands Police, British Transport Police and transport operators.
Book MoneyLIVE now!
MoneyLIVE, Safeside's innovative financial literacy programme, takes place in our realistic street scenarios just like all our other programmes. Delivered in partnership with Nationwide Building Society, whose staff deliver scenarios as part of their volunteering, the scheme covers credit and debit, budgeting, personal safety and security, online safety, financial products, payday loans, consequences of debt and much more.
Safeside Manager Rob Hattersley said: "Feedback we get from both teachers and Year 8 students is that teaching maths and citizenship in a real house, shop, building society branch, court room, bus and street reaches the parts that classroom maths lessons can't reach. We aren't aware of any other similar programme in the UK and are delighted that due to such dedicated support from Nationwide volunteers, we can now offer this exciting course at a new price of £2.50 per pupil, reduced from our usual £6.00."
"MoneyLIVE is only available once a month," Rob added, "so get booked in soon. We are now taking booking for the whole academic year."
Full MoneyLIVE details are available here.
Santa's Safety Grotto
Safer travel skills
The new scenario will enable us to teach upper primary children important skills in journey planning, with an emphasis on them developing greater independence from adults as they move towards secondary school. By encouraging walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing, not only can children become more autonomous, they can also make their journeys greener.
The scenario will eventually use iPads on which pupils plan a journey from Safeside to other Birmingham attractions, using various online tools and apps. They will compare the different travel options by time, distance, price and CO2 emissions. But, because it takes place in a realistic travel centre with maps and leaflets like the one at New Street, children will also understand the value of paper-based materials too.
Linked to the new Travel Centre is a second workshop on our bus, focusing on the benefits of using public transport and the skills and awareness children need to do so safely. Pupils will see themselves on CCTV, deal with a suspicious character, and watch and discuss a video about the consequences of travel crime and what to do about it. They will be presented with several real life travel dilemmas such as what to do if you forget your fare or miss your stop.
Instead of parents being concerned about their children travelling and thus restricting freedom, the hope is that they can be more confident that young people have the skills and awareness to do so safely and independently, increasing fitness levels and reducing congestion and CO2 all at the same time.
The new workshops start from our first school visits in September.
And why are we getting rid of the pub? Well, installed as part of our original fit out, the idea was clearly to educate visitors about the effects of alcohol. In practice, we've found it more effective to do this in the alleyway, house, shop and so on, because these are the areas where alcohol tends to be abused. In fact, the pub is a relatively safe environment for children in the sense that it is hopefully supervised with clear legal restrictions. So we weren't really using it. We think our safer travel workshops will be made even more engaging by running them in a realistic travel centre and bus rather than in a classroom.
Revised Junior Citizen times
Occassionally, schools are under pressure to leave earlier than 3.15pm in order to get back to school. This is unfortunate because all our programmes are tightly scheduled and it is problematic to cut any short as other tours and workshops are also affected. We would encourage schools to see this as a full day out and inform parents of a late finish accordingly. However, we always take feedback on board, and so to minimise problems we will be working to the following revised timings for Junior Citizen (Years 5/6) tours from September, for both workshops and the tour itself. This should allow schools to leave the centre before 3pm, but it does rely on schools getting here promptly before 9.30am.
09.30am school arrival (for 09:45 start)
New downloadable info
We've updated all our programme pages with a downloadable pdf sheet so that you can print or email these to distribute to colleagues when considering or planning a trip.
These single pages are part of our new brochure which will be distrubuted to all West Midlands schools in early September.
Grass greener at Safeside
Inspire our team
Safeside Education Development Officer - 1 year contract
We are looking for an enthusiastic, innovative and adaptable person to further develop our education programmes. You will inspire our team and, working with them, further develop and improve visitor learning at our two safety centres in Birmingham but serving the whole West Midlands.
We deliver interactive and experiential safety and citizenship education to 15,000 visitors a year in our full size realistic street scene at Eastside (next to Fire Service HQ) and at our fire safety centre attached to Handsworth Fire Station. The largest group of visitors are from primary schools but we also run programmes for parents, carers, secondary schools, young people and for those with special needs of all ages.
With Qualified Teacher Status and a background in schools or youth work, you will review, improve and develop existing programme content, liaising with external partners and experts to ensure that it remains up to date, accurate and relevant. Your background in education will enable you to ensure we use the most effective teaching techniques. You’ll be skilled at assessing visitor learning and customer feedback, and use this to inform further improvement.
A key part of the role will be to enthuse, monitor, mentor and train our team of 25 sessional Presenters and 80 volunteer primary school visitor guides. These are the most important people at Safeside as they deliver learning to our visitors. You will also be required to manage and support visits at both centres as part of the wider team.
For a full job description and application forms see our jobs page. This website also includes full details of our educational approach. Information about all our programmes can be found under the Eastside and Handsworth sections.
For an informal chat about the role please contact Rob Hattersley, Safeside Manager, on 0121-380-6432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 18th August 2014. Interviews 2nd September.
Safer Cycling Streets
A survey of more than 1,000 young people published by Brake and insurer RSA Group has revealed teen angst about taking to two wheels
After millions of fans descended on Yorkshire to watch the world's cycling stars, Brake and RSA warned that action is needed from national and local government across the UK to make cycling safer, to enable the next generation to take it up and enjoy the benefits without fearing for their safety.
The Brake and RSA survey, carried out as part of a UK-wide project for safer streets for teens, finds:
- Only one in 11 (9%) teens cycle weekly or more, while one in four (23%) never cycle
- Four in 10 (42%) would like to be able to start cycling or cycle more
- Of those, 39% say lack of safe routes is a factor preventing them
- 46% say their parents would worry about them cycling
- 32% say they would feel nervous cycling on local roads
Brake say that introducing 20mph limits in towns and cities alongside more traffic free cycling and walking routes and improvements to road design would help deliver a legacy of healthy, active, green communities where everyone can cycle and walk without being endangered. They are also calling on drivers everywhere to help make roads safer for cycling, by slowing down to 20 in built up areas, taking bends and junctions cautiously, giving space to cyclists and looking out for people on bike and foot.
Safeside Manager Rob Hattersley said: "Brake are absolutely right. At Safeside, we teach children about the benefits of cycling and about how to stay safe, but then when children do venture out the world adults have designed in urban areas, is often extremely dangerous for them. It doesn't have to be like this."
Birmingham City Council is currently consulting on plans for more 20mph limits in the Birmingham East area until 8th August. You can see and comment on the plans here.
Full details of the survey from Brake can be viewed here.
Improve your writing by visiting Safeside
A study backed by the Education Endowment Foundation has found that giving pupils "memorable experiences" to write about can improve their literacy skills by the equivalent of nine months.
A survey of more than 800 primary and secondary school pupils showed that learning outside the classroom experiences including educational visits to zoos, farms and county parks, exploring caves or talks with war veterans can be utilised to improve pupils’ writing standards by nine months on average – and 18 months for disadvantaged pupils on free school meals.
Education Endowment Fund chief executive Kevan Collins said “It’s rare to find schemes that demonstrate such a large impact when they are rigorously tested. That’s why we are excited about the potential this project could have in helping struggling students significantly improve their writing skills.”
Safeside Manager and teacher Rob Hattersley said: "A visit to Safeside provides a range of exciting and stimulating opportunities for meaningful writing, including reports, arguments, presentations and marketing materials to promote safer and healthier lifestyles."
News from Learning Outside the Classroom of which Safeside is a member.
Many thanks to Phil from Beast Sheds in Birmingham for the kind provision and install, free of charge, of our new garden shed. This is part of a new garden safety scenario we are creating for use mainly on our Safestart programme for the parents and carers of the under fives. The scenario should be completed over the summer.
Safestart is curently free of charge due to generous funding from Nationwide Building Society. For more information and to book, please visit the Safestart page.
KS3 Lifeskills now only £1pp
Due to generous support from Network Rail, we are able to offer a reduced price per pupil in 2014/15 of only £1 on Lifeskills, our KS3 programme, down from £6.
Delivered in partnership with Birmingham School of Acting, visitors experience some powerful acted scenarios and workshop style discussions in the shop, alleyway, bus and court room, challenging them to think about some crucial issues around personal safety and responsibility and covering significant sections of the PSHE curriculum.
To find out more and to book, visit Lifeskills.
CSI at Safeside
Fire Safety Aware
Now available at Handsworth is Fire Call - Hoax Call, a programme for young people ages from 11 – 16 years olds. In special circumstances this programme can be delivered to 16+.
The programme involves classroom activity as well as team activities. The session includes understanding fire safety, communication skills, team work skills, actions and consequences. The young people will be developing a community safety campaign, which they can then feed back into their educational settings. Don’t be surprised when a fire call is received and they have to work as a team, using fire service equipment specially for young people to carry out a drill. Is the drill as it seems or could it be a hoax call?
The session runs for 2.5 hours and costs £6 per session per person. The maximum number we can currently cater for is 14.
Full details and a booking form are available here.
Parenting in the Digital Age
Venue: Safeside at Eastside
Place: 101 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham B7 4HW
Time: 10am – 4pm
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Join the team
We are recruiting up to six additional Presenters to join our existing team, teaching safety and citizenship to both young people and adults in an exciting and realistic setting. These roles include leading interactive sessions at our two Safeside venues in Birmingham and in schools across the West Midlands.
If you think you would be an engaging and effective Presenter and the flexible nature of the work would suit your situation, we would be pleased to hear from you. Full details and an application form can be found at www.safeside.org.uk/jobs. The closing date is 23rd May.