What is the Junior Road Safety Officer programme?
The Junior Road Safety Officer (JRSO) programme in Scotland puts children in control of highlighting road safety issues within their own school. A particularly empowering programme, it gives senior pupils the opportunity to become JRSOs for a year. Their task is to organise a road safety noticeboard, deliver safety presentations to classes or assemblies and run school road safety competitions.
This can include:
- Preparing and maintaining a JRSO noticeboard.
- Providing information on a variety of road safety related activities.
- Facilitating with competitions.
JRSOs encourage teachers and young people to engage in activities which will help put pupils on a path to becoming confident individuals.
They also help to:
- Assess risk
- Relate to others
- Manage themselves
- Pursue a healthy lifestyle
- Promote health and wellbeing to young people
This is a position held by Primary 6 and each year we hold elections to choose our Officers. After presentations in September, 6 pupils were voted in as Junior Road Safety Officers.
Class representatives from P6 attend regular meetings. The Officers will feedback to the school on different initiatives and assist in the organisation of safe and active travel activities.
This year the pupils on the Committee are: P6A Aaron, Alex, Katie and Eva. P6B Maeve, Rachel, Abeer and Yousaf.
Our Action Plan 2019-20
What is a JRSO?
JRSO stands for Junior Road Safety Officer.
JRSOs are a very important part of the primary school as they help raise road safety awareness and promote road safety issues to everyone in the school and the wider community.
JRSOs may talk at assemblies and to classes on road safety topics.
JRSOs help to run competitions in the school and get prizes for the winners.
Article 17: You have the right to get information that is important to your well-being.
Article 28: Your education should help you use your talents and abilities. It should also help you to learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
Giffnock Primary School is officially recognized by Cycling Scotland as a ‘Cycle Friendly School’. P6 pupils participate annually in Bikeability Level 2 cycle training, gaining proficiency in cycling safely both within the school grounds and in the wider community. Some of our P7 children also now participate in Bikeability Level 3.
Giffnock Primary School Travel Plan
The JRSO Committee is actively involved in the creation and implementation of the school’s travel plan. The travel plan contains information on road safety, the green cross code, cycling, walking to school and ‘park and stride’.
ERC Road Safety Campaign 2017/18
The JRSO Committee are also helping to support the campaign in ERC and recently led an assembly input about it.
You can find out more from this leaflet:
JRSO: Helping children to understand the JRSO programme and ideas for JRSO activities.
Road Safety Scotland: Provides information on road safety resources developed specifically to support Curriculum for Excellence.
Bikeability Scotland: Bikeability Scotland is a cycle training scheme designed to give children the skills and confidence they need both to cycle safely on the roads, and to encourage them to carry on cycling into adulthood.
Minutes of meetings
August 2015 Term 1
Every pupil in the school has just designed their very own entry for the East Renfrewshire Council Road Safety Calendar. The 5 top entries from each class will be sent to the head of the Roads and Transport Department for judging and maybe we will have a calendar full of Giffnock entries!
Our JRSOs will announce the result as soon as we have them.
The results of the competition have been announced and we have two winners from Giffnock! Cameron Christie from P4 and Sean Christie from P7 have won first prize in their age category – congratulations to Cameron and Sean! They will receive their prizes in a special ceremony at Council Headquarters on December 8th.
Two other pupils were highly commended in their year group – Evie from P7 and Molly from P3. Well done to everybody!
Copies of the winning drawings are below.
Hands Up Survey
The whole school has just taken part in the ‘Hands Up’ survey which asked pupils how they travel to school.
The results will be with us soon and our 2 JRSOs will announce the results to the school and think of new ways to further encourage more pupils to walk to school.
The graph shows that 41% of pupils walk to school, which is down 2% from last year. But it is fantastic to see that if you combine Walk, Cycle or Skate/Scooter to school we reach 49%. That means that nearly half of us make our way to school without using a car!
The target is to have 50% of pupils walking during the summer term!