Saving lives through education with StayWise
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is supporting the release of StayWise – a free learning platform for pupils aged three to 18 years old.
StayWise brings together the educational resources of the emergency services linked to the national curriculum, so pupils can learn about fire safety as part of a maths or science lesson, or write an escape plan instruction and how to keep safe in an English lesson.
It can be found at www.staywise.co.uk and offers free lesson plans, videos and activity sheets to help educators teach young people about potentially life-saving advice.
With many parents home-schooling due to the pandemic, there are plenty of useful resources available to mums and dads and teachers can also set work from the site as part of a remote learning plan.
To use the website just select an age group, subject or theme and you will find a collection of resources for students. It will be expanded in the coming months to make more resources available for older age groups.
The StayWise partnership is led by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and partners include the Royal Life Saving Society, the RNLI, HM Coastguard, the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, the National Police Chiefs Council and the Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools.
Cllr Dave Norman, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member with responsibility for the fire and rescue service, said: “StayWise is a fantastic new resource for everyone to use, with plenty of useful materials for teachers and parents.
“Helping young people to learn about a range of safety topics is even more critical when so many of us are isolated and need to make positive decisions in our day-to-day lives to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.”
Chris Bigland, NFCC’s lead for education and StayWise programme director, said: “StayWise is committed to saving lives through education. By working together with our partners, we have produced a consistent learning resource that educators from across the community can use with confidence, whether they’re teachers, home-schooling parents or emergency service staff and volunteers.”