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Fringe programme taking shape

Thursday 25th September 2014

The fringe programme at the National Road Safety Conference will include presentations on a BTEC qualification designed to make in school driver education a reality, and a programme which sets out to deliver a high standard of driving tuition to novice drivers.

The 2014 National Road Safety Conference is being held in Brighton on 25-26 November. The conference is being hosted by Road Safety GB South East Region and sponsored by Colas and AA DriveTech.

The conference is proving very popular and already 235 people have registered to attend, with final numbers expected to exceed the 250 who attended last year. The exhibition which runs alongside the conference is also virtually fully subscribed.

The fringe programme is a new development for National Conference. It will run alongside the main programme in an adjacent room, and delegates will be free to move between the two in order to attend the presentations of most interest to them.

Neil Snow, a senior officer in the road safety team at Nottingham City Council, will deliver a presentation on the new BTEC L2 Driving and Driver Education qualification which is designed to make in school driver education a reality.

Neil holds an MSc in Driver Behaviour from Cranfield University and has previously worked for one of the UK's largest driving schools and for a major utility company where he ran programmes for both experienced and learner drivers.

The newly launched BTEC Level 2 Driving and Driver Education is a safety based course available to anyone in year 12 and above. The course consists of 40 hours of in-class education and 20 hours of driver coaching with peer review.

In his presentation, Neil will cover the research and theory behind the BTEC, the benefits of a holistic driver education programme, the history of how the course got started, and how other road safety teams can benefit from this progressive course.

Sarah Collins, the senior road safety officer for Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council will present the Engage North West Programme.

The Engage programme aims to deliver a high standard of driving tuition to learner drivers, through their driving instructors. In the North West more than 200 driving instructors have received specialist training to deliver learner-centred coaching to better equip learner drivers with skills to identify and deal with hazards on the roads.

Through the Engage scheme, a learner driver will receive approximately two hours of targeted road safety tuition on issues including peer pressure, fatigue, distraction, seatbelts, alcohol and drugs.

Engage was originally developed by Ian Edwards with the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership. Currently the programme is running, under different names, in South Yorkshire, Merseyside, Cheshire, South East, Lewisham, West Sussex, Clackmannanshire, Northants and Somerset local authorities. It is also being rolled out in more areas across the UK.

Sarah Collins began working within Cheshire County Council's road safety team in 2001 and has since become the senior RSO for Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council. In this post, Sarah leads the teamwork to deliver a varied programme of key road safety initiatives across the borough, with both internal and external partners.

Sarah is also secretary of Road Safety GB North West and a representative on the North West Motorcycle Working Group, actively. Sarah became involved in Engage a year ago when Cheshire joined the Merseyside programme, and sits on the Engage North West Steering Group.

Click here for more information about the conference agenda and themes, click here for delegate fees and to register to attend, click here for information about exhibiting at the event – or here for information about sponsorship. For more information about the event contact either Sally Bartrum or Nick Rawlings on 01379 650112.


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