Teaching Resources
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Teaching Resources: Key Stage 3

Whilst using the resources on Safer Travel Education, we encourage you to think about and explore several key themes:

This information has been presented to you in the form of a lesson plan, however the information and activities provided can be carried out at your own pace over a number of weeks/lessons, depending upon the level of detail you wish to go into.

A Guide to Safer Travel

The transition to secondary school can often mean more independence for students and an increased use of public transport. A Guide to Safer Travel aims to encourage students to consider their behaviour and personal safety whilst using the bus, train or metro.

This lesson covers anti- social behaviour types such as smoking, rowdy behaviour, drunken behaviour, shelter damage and missile throwing.

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Anti-Social Behaviour?

The term anti-social behaviour can often be difficult to understand or define. These resources explore different interpretations of ASB and its relationship with crime. Students are also encouraged to think about what behaviours can be considered as anti- social and how they can affect the people and places around them.

ASB is a key priority within the Safer Travel Partnership, not only because anti- social behaviour is often a precursor to more serious crime but also because ASB can increase passengers fear of crime, which could become a barrier to them using public transport services.

Download What is Anti-social Behaviour


Graffiti remains a key concern and priority for passenger transport executives and operators not only in the West Midlands but across the UK. In addition to harms such as financial costs and service disruption, and vandalism, graffiti strongly influences people’s perception of crime and personal safety.

This lesson plan explores the origins of graffiti, how it is perceived and the harm caused to individuals, communities and the environment. As part of this lesson students are asked to consider and design initiatives to help reduce incidents and the cost of removing graffiti on the public transport network.

Download our Graffiti lesson plan


Smoking is now widely recognised as a form anti-social behaviour.  Smoking in all enclosed public spaces became illegal in England in July 2007.  The perception that is created by people smoking on the public transport network is one that the Passenger Transport Executives across the country are working hard to combat.

This lesson aims to make students aware of the ban on smoking in public places. It also encourages students to think about the impact of smoking on both the commuting public, students themselves and to explore the perceptions that smoking might create.

Download our Smoking lesson plan


Society’s attitudes to drugs are complex, confusing and sometimes contradictory.  Laws relating to drugs can be equally confusing and the awareness of the affects isn’t always clearly understood by students.  It is sometimes said that a drug users actions only affect themselves and so it is a “crime without a victim”.  Public perception of people taking drugs and the affects it has on their behaviour, especially in a confined space such as public transport, highlights that in actual fact there are lots of victims.

This lesson aims to make students aware of the impact that drugs can have on both their own mental and physical wellbeing and how this in turn can affect the people and the situations around them.

Download our Drugs lesson plan


Alcohol for many adolescents forms part of their lifestyle and social lives. Drinking is largely a social habit and in a young person’s world is often associated with recreation.

The aim of this lesson is to highlight to students how alcohol can impair reactions and influence their behaviour, particularly when travelling on public transport. It also aims to encourage students to think about the anti- social consequences of drunkenness.

Download our Alcohol lesson plan

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