A school has launched a campaign to help students to be safer on the school journey.
The pupils at the Jubilee Academy, in Harrow, launched the project supported by Transport for London's Youth Travel Ambassador (YTA) programme and Harrow Council's travel planning team.
The projects aims to deliver a series of activities to raise awareness of the risks young people face as they travel, such as visibility while crossing roads.
Head of school at The Jubilee Academy, Dr Michael Jarrett, said: “The YTA programme offers our students a unique opportunity to enhance their confidence, skills and employability.
"The project has enabled the school to establish a partnership with Transport for London and Harrow Council which will benefit the wider community, as well as contributing to the safety, personal development and wellbeing of our students.”
The YTA programme encourages young people across London to make a difference to the transport issues affecting their school communities. So far, student ambassadors at The Jubilee Academy have run a road safety poster competition for the whole school, and will be rolling out further measures to develop students’ road safety awareness and skills.
The next step for the campaign will be a focus on the distractions caused by mobile phone use to coincide with Safer Internet Day on Tuesday which promotes safe, responsible and positive use of technology by young people.
More than 3,200 11 to 16 year olds have been killed or injured on London’s roads in the last 2 years, the equivalent of the number of people on 32 double-decker buses.
Mr Mordant, teacher at The Jubilee Academy with responsibility for coordinating the campaign, said: “The YTA project is excellent for raising awareness of road safety for students. Staff and students embraced the poster competition and it is a great way of boosting students’ confidence and gaining experience in key skills such as public speaking and teamwork. It is particularly beneficial for students who might not be used to travelling by themselves.”