Road safety for pupils with Special Educational Needs

It is crucial to ensure that road safety education and training is appropriate and effective for all pupils, including those with special educational needs (SEN).

This guide is focused on teaching safe walking and cycling to children under 16 with SEN who are included in mainstream education and taught alongside pupils who do not have SEN. However, it can be adapted by special schools and special inclusive learning centres. It focuses mainly on working with children with any of these four learning difficulties and disabilities: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD); Dyspraxia (or Developmental Co-ordination Disorder); and Dyslexia.

This guide should be read alongside Brake’s general guide to teaching road safety.

Dangers of roads for pupils with SEN

Devising road safety lessons and activities for pupils with SEN

Organising practical roadside training for pupils with SEN

Developing a School Travel Plan that considers the needs of pupils with SEN

Links to additional resources for teaching road safety to pupils with SEN

General information on teaching children with SEN, including the Government’s SEN Code of Practice and SEN Teaching Toolkit, can be found at

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