The government has announced an overhaul of England’s secondary curriculum to give teachers more flexibility to teach other subjects - and LARSOA believes road safety should be an immediate priority.
At present road safety education in the UK is not compulsory but LARSOA says that making school travel and safety a more formal part of the educational process could be more powerful than relying on voluntary uptake.
The ROSE 25 report by the European Commission recommends a minimum of 10 hours of road safety education in school per year.
David Frost, LARSOA spokesman, said: “Child pedestrian and cyclist fatality rates are far too high - these are not just statistics and numbers, they are children and every one injured is a tragedy for their family.
“We know road safety education works. A four year evaluation of the Kerbcraft child pedestrian training national pilot confirms and reinforces the positive behavioural impact of practical roadside training for children as young as five years old.
“Children trained following the Kerbcraft approach show consistent and significant improvements in finding safe places to cross. Trained children show safer road crossing behaviour from between parked cars, and are significantly better at avoiding obstructions at junctions.
“What more vital life skill could we give our children than how to stay safe on the roads?”