Road Sense Common Sense

Road Sense Common Sense is a one hour long, short film and live speaker performance. Aimed at students aged 15 upwards, it aims to challenge young driver behaviour and ultimately keep this group safe on the roads.

Consisting of short sections compiled to captivate the attention of the audience, it has received very positive feedback by students and teachers who have watched it. It mixes short films based on local incidents with representatives who take to the stage to talk frankly and openly about their experiences. It is thought provoking, emotive and challenging and aims to empower students to take responsibility for their own actions on the roads – whether a driver or passenger.

It is a devastating fact that road death is the biggest ‘unnatural’ killer of young people in the UK. Due to their unique biological stage of development, this group are more vulnerable to being involved in a collision. For just one hour of curriculum time, we can deliver potentially life-saving messages to this group.

For further information or to enquire about having Road Sense Common Sense visit your school, please contact us: roadsafety@northumbria.pnn.police.uk

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If you would like a Road Sense Common Sense Presentation at your school

 

What you can expect from us

  • Recollections and stories from a variety of emergency services and volunteers
  • One full hour of short films and speakers in a stage presentation
  • A valuable learning experience for your students
  • A professional and well researched learning experience
  • Prompt arrival and organisation before hand
  • Printed supporting material for your students to take away

 

What we would ask of you

Minimum of 120 students

As the presentation involves front line emergency service staff who are sometimes taken away from their duties, we ask for a minimum of 120 students per presentation. If your sixth form is smaller than this, you can include Year 11 students but must address the welfare considerations more carefully (see above). Alternatively, if you know of another school who you would like to collaborate with, you could consider hosting a joint presentation.

 

Technical support –

-          Pre-presentation technical check

-          Large screen and projector

-          A darkened room

-          Spotlight

-          Supporting laptop for powerpoint (see notes below)

One important element of the presentation is the sense of drama we create around it. This means that we ask your hall to be unlit with a single spotlight, which can be used to illuminate the speaker on stage. Without this, we cannot create the same impact.

The technical requirements of each school vary according to the facilities you have. We usually present in a school hall or drama studio. We can format the presentation for windows or apple compatible laptops. If you do not have a lap top for us to use, it is important  that you inform us with as much advance notice as possible.

It is essential that we conduct a short visit to the school around two weeks before the presentation date to ensure everything works. This way, we can deal with any issues before the day itself.

We have spoken with and without the use of microphones. If the acoustics in your school hall concern you, particularly as some of the speakers do not have loud voices, please let us know. We would hate for the some students to be unable to hear.

We have previously worked with IT students from the school who have helped with lighting and playing the films. This is always helpful for us and we would be happy to provide a reference for any student who wishes to assist us.

 

Welfare

The presentation has been carefully compiled to be thought provoking. It does not contain any graphic images of collisions or bodies. It does, however, prompt the student’s imaginations. It is not unusual for a student to require medical attention as they feel faint or sick. We ask that the school support this welfare consideration by having enough staff on hand to deal with this.

Under no circumstances should we be left in the hall without the appropriate number of teachers on hand.

Students who have been recently bereaved or have experienced similar incidents or losses due to road collisions may find this presentation upsetting. We ask that your school addresses this before we arrive by contacting parents and allowing the students to dip out of the session. The stories they will hear are all local to the North East and your students may have knowledge of them. If you are concerned about this specifically, please let us know in advance.

For the welfare of the speakers and staff, we ask that a jug of water and glasses be provided for use during the presentation. Tea and coffee on our arrival is always appreciated, and a private room for us to prepare beforehand is gratefully received.

 

Punctuality

Our staff come from the front line of all three emergency services and often give up their rest days to present to students. Some families who have been bereaved or affected by a road collision in the North East also come along to speak to the students. We have made a commitment to these families that their stories will be presented in a professional and meaningful way, so the students gain the most learning they can. We like our presentations to be punctual, which means ensuring your students are seated before the start time.

 

Courtesy

The stories the students will hear are real and emotive. Those who speak of their experiences are not actors, nor from a stage speaking background. We ask that the students respect the fact that it takes courage for them to stand on the stage and address a large group of people and behave accordingly.

 

Photography and video

We must ensure that nobody records any elements of the presentation on hand held devices. A huge amount of work has gone into ensuring the integrity of this content. If any of our films were to appear online, this would undermine the commitment of the bereaved families who have kindly worked with us to retell their stories.

We sometimes have our own photographer on hand to take pictures of the presentation for promotional purposes. These usually only feature the backs of students heads but if you have any students who cannot be photographed, please let us know beforehand.

From time to time, we like to record testimonials from teachers and students to show other schools how valuable this learning experience can be. If you are willing to do this, please let us know.