RYDA – A Teacher’s Guide

For a quick but comprehensive overview of what RYDA is, how it works and how it can support you in delivering road safety messages to your students, scroll through our Teacher’s Guide to RYDA.

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RYDA 2016 Kicks off in Brisbane

The Channel 9 news crews joined us for our first 2016 RYDA program in Brisbane.

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Remembering Genevieve – an experience for life

A split second decision behind the wheel took the life of 18 year old Genevieve Matarazzo and a close friend, causing a lifetime of grief for those left behind. The tragic loss of these two young lives is told in the “Remembering Genevieve” video shown to students attending the RYDA road safety education program and provides a powerful lesson to help students make smart decisions on how to stay safe as a novice driver or passenger.

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NZTA Curriculum Links

Long term road safety behaviour change will only be realised where educational materials support each other and key messages are repeated over time.  RYDA is designed to align closely with and support messaging in the school curriculum.  Here we’ve compiled a list of links between RYDA sessions and NZTA produced curriculum resources.  These links are also outlined in the RYDA Teacher’s Companion booklet.

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Program Information Guide

Download the 28 page information guide. Hard copies can be obtained upon request.

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RYDA supports the school curriculum

Curricula in Australia and New Zealand prescribe road safety-related topics in Health/PE (eg. safety, well-being), Science (eg. reaction time, speed and acceleration), Maths (eg. stopping distance, speed measurement), English (eg. research methods, visual language, personal writing, drama) and other subjects. It also allows teachers to choose contexts in all learning areas, and to support General Capabilities (Australia), and Key Competencies (NZ).  Download this document to see how the RYDA program fits the Australian and New Zealand school curriculum.

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Promote your RYDA day on your school’s Facebook page

To help you get those parental permissions in, try posting this image to your school’s social media pages or inserting it into the school newsletter in the lead-up to your RYDA day.  To download, click ‘view resource’, then right click on the image and select ‘save image as’.

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Sample Permission Note

Need help putting together a permission note for your RYDA excursion? This sample outlines some (but not all) of the information you may wish to include. Please refer to the letter of confirmation you will have received from Road Safety Education for complete details.

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Venue and Safety Information for School Excursions

Putting together a Risk Assessment for your upcoming RYDA Program?  This outline of venue and safety information should help you with the key aspects of the program.

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Best Practice in Road Safety

Choosing a road safety education program is a bit like selecting a safe car – you should only choose a program that performs best when bench-marked against what research indicates will produce the best outcome for students. Most jurisdictions across Australia and New Zealand have published guidelines or principles on what constitutes ‘Best Practice’ for youth road safety education.

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Authentic Learning Trumps Fear Tactics

An article by Mary Chamberlain, a New Zealand road safety education consultant,  on alternatives to using fear tactics with senior secondary students using road safety as an authentic context  to apply curriculum learning.

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Maximising RYDA participation benefits among students by offering complimentary NZQA standards

Find out more about how RYDA can assist students gain NZQA credit with this FAQ page

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