Gloucestershire primary schools are being urged to take advantage of their free visit for Year 5 pupils (saving around £150 per class) by booking a trip when the new school term starts.
The £35,000 Gloucestershire County Council funded initiative must be used by the end of March 2015.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer Stewart Edgar says; “Keeping young people safe and the prevention of accidents and injuries is integral to our role. SkillZONE tackles this by teaching children how to make life-saving decisions whether that’s wearing a seatbelt or how to evacuate from a house fire.”
I am thrilled we are able to provide these safety lessons to every Year 5 child and I believe they will leave us armoured with essential life skills which they can share with their families.
The state-of-the-art facility in Gloucester uses realistic sights, smells and noises to enhance each group’s experience of nine different scenarios which teach children about safety.
In a survey completed by 30 schools visiting SkillZONE as part of the Year 5 offer 96% of teachers said they were “very satisfied” by their tour and 92% said they believed their pupils were “a great extent” safer following their visit.
All groups will learn road safety, fire safety and hazards in the home during their 2 hour tour and teachers can choose 6 other scenarios such as water safety, an internet cafe, a Magistrate’s court and a shop.
To find out more about SkillZONE or to book visit: skillzonetest.co.uk