Around schools, the safety of children walking along and across roads is the major concern and as such the focus of the Star Rating for Schools methodology is on measuring and reducing risk for pedestrians. By utilising a mobile app and focusing on one road user group, the risk assessment process is somewhat simplified and therefore easier for school communities around the world to apply. Applications must be low-cost and able to be used widely.
Once the risk is measured, effective treatments to mitigate the risk can be considered by exploring the impact of changes in various road features and speed management actions. The implementation of the treatments can ultimately be tracked so that the partner and funder can see the benefits of their investment and the school teaching staff can educate the pupils on the correct use of the treatments.
WHAT ROAD FEATURES ARE RECORDED?
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STEP BY STEP
Identify Local Partners
To ensure an assessment has the local support of key education, policing and road agencies, an important first step is to identify and engage with the local stakeholders. This may include, but is not limited to, the education department, the local school, road authority, police department and relevant NGOs.
As with all Star Rating assessments the work is designed to help make a difference. Stakeholder support for the upgrade of a road, the reduction in speeds around the school and/or educating children to the risks they face are all potential positive outcomes of a Star Rating for Schools Project
Target a high-risk school
Investigating crash data, where any exist, and/or the experience of local School Principals is important in order to identify where risk is already high and the potential to make a difference is greatest. This will help ensure that available resources of the NGO and the responsible government agencies can be well targeted to locations where the greatest difference is possible.
Engage the school
Meeting with the School Principal and entering a partnership to assess the school is recommended and can be a legal requirement. All local requirements should be identified and complied with to ensure the active cooperation and safety of all stakeholders and children.
Initial meetings may also involve the local road agency responsible for the roads around the school, and/or the relevant policing authority. This is important in order to ensure that any assessment takes into account existing planned work and/or future work that may arise from the assessment.
Undertake the assessment
The user will require a tablet computer. A health and safety plan will be needed for the team to make sure that everybody is safe at all times during the assessment. The larger the network to be assessed, the longer the assessment will take. It is important to make sure that this process is participative so that every member of the assessment team agrees with the attributes that are being registered.
Generate the results
Once the assessment has been completed, the user will be able to submit their data for review and generate draft Star Ratings.
Explore treatment options
Once the Star Rating have been generated, it will be necessary to consider the different treatment options and discuss them amongst the assessment team. The treatments may include active speed management, infrastructure treatments at the site or the relocation of a school entrance to a safer location.
Assess the likely risk reduction
Once the different treatment options have been considered and the assessment team has evaluated them, it will be necessary to assess the risk reduction associated with the proposed treatment options by generating a new Star Rating. Gauging the likely extent of the impacts for the specific treatment prior to implementation will benefit the assessment team.
Agree on improvements to be implemented
Once the risk reduction has been calculated and there is clarity among the assessment team about the impact of the treatments, the assessment team will plan the implementation of the selected treatments.
Measure and celebrate results
When the implementation process has been completed, the assessment team will be able to reassess the network and celebrate the safety improvements.
Assessing and recording the improvement achieved will help demonstrate the impact of the partnership and enable all parties to positively report on the difference they have made.
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