A JRSO is a pupil, chosen by their Primary school, who promotes road safety to pupils, parents, and the whole school community. They work with a named adult from the school staff and their local Road Safety Officer.
There are over 60 Primary schools in Suffolk with active JRSOs. The number is increasing year on year as schools see the benefits of this scheme.
In 2013 the Road Safety Team held the Tenth Annual Junior Road Safety Awards ceremony at Suffolk County Council’s main hub, Endeavour House in Ipswich. Each year we get as many JRSO as possible along to celebrate the superb work that is going on in schools.
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" Peer educators can communicate and understand in a way that the best-intentioned adults can't, and can serve as role models for change. Peer educators can help raise awareness, provide accurate information, and help their classmates develop skills to change behavior." – UNICEF
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"It is the ethos of the JRSO approach that is important, not the mechanics of how it should work. What works very well in one school may not work so well in another. It is an ethos of pupil empowerment and partnership working to enable children to become effective contributors, confident individuals, successful learners and responsible citizens." Road Safety Scotland
JRSOs get involved in a number of activities as they set up a notice board, run competitions, produce newsletters and highlight road safety issues.
Discuss with us what will work best for your school and the issues you wish to address. Many schools have specific Road Safety issues that they wish to address as well as developing the general road safety knowledge of their students.
Please remember we are always on hand to offer further advice and support.
Setting up and looking after a Road Safety notice board, to display up-to date road safety information and advertise competitions and forthcoming events for both pupils and parents.
Giving out road safety messages, to class groups and in assemblies.
Allowing JRSOs to lead.
Organising a road safety news sheet or newsletter, (or getting a slot in a local publication like a parish magazine).
Running road safety competitions to raise awareness of important road safety messages (Prizes will be provided by the road safety team – free of charge).
Keeping a scrapbook of your year as a JRSO. This will help you work towards an award.
Here are some useful downloads to help you with your role.
The scrapbook is a way to record details of the road safety activities that your JRSOs are involved with during the year.
As well as submitting them for the annual JRSO awards, these ‘year books’ are an excellent record for your school to display at parent evenings and to and governors (and Ofsted) as evidence of your commitment to road safety.
Based on the scrapbooks Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates are awarded by SCC Road Safety to the best books received.
At the beginning of the summer term we will be asking you to send in your scrapbook to us, for consideration for an award
An invitation will be sent to all schools in the JRSO scheme to attend the Junior Road Safety Officer Award ceremony.
This takes place in the Council Chamber in Endeavour House, Ipswich in the summer term. The JRSOs to take part in a 'Question Time' style forum followed by a presentation of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards to successful schools. We have been very lucky to have had good support from councillors who often join in as members of our ‘panel of experts’. The event is for all current JRSOs, together with the supporting adult for you scheme.
It is a great day to mark the achievements of the JRSOs and celebrate their success.