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Fire Crew on shout

Year 4 pupils from Fairway Primary School spent a morning at Safeside Handsworth as fire fighters. The new Safeside Fire Crew programme involves a Home Safety Check (HFS), a simulated Road Traffic Collision (RTC), and a tour of the adjacent Handsworth Fire Station - which includes an emergency route planning activity.
The class are organised into three Watches at the start of the two hour programme and tour the three areas of the centre. The activities end with a quiz.
Class teacher Kathy Steventon told staff that the children had really enjoyed the programme and learnt lots about both safety and the work of the fire service. The school will be bringing a second class next week.
Full details about Fire Crew are available here and a version of the programme is available for Key Stages 2 and 3.

Travel Workshop for Teachers

Safe and sustainable travel is high on the agenda for many primary schools. With numerous exciting initiatives taking place to encourage young people to walk or cycle to school, it is essential that we also continue to provide effective road safety education. To support Birmingham primary schools with safe and sustainable travel education Birmingham City Council’s Smarter Choices Team would like to invite a member of your staff to attend our forth-coming free staff development session (open to staff from Birmingham primary schools only):
Date: Wednesday 12 March
Time: 9am – 1pm
Location: Safeside at Eastside, 101 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW
If you would like a member of your staff to attend this FREE session please book your place by emailing us with the name and contact details of the attendee by Friday 7 March. Email:, tel: 0121 303 7683

Hair straighteners and mugs top child burns list

The BBC reports that hair straighteners and hot mugs are the leading causes of childhood scalds and burns, and one-year-olds are at greatest risk. Read the full article here.


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