Footsteps is a practical pedestrian training scheme for young children, which develops awareness of roads and helps them live safely with traffic. Children are taken into the local area with a trained tutor to observe the traffic and discuss road safety. It forms part of the portfolio of pedestrian training programme New Journey, which includes:

  • First Steps - for pre-school children 
  • Making Tracks - which is aimed at children moving on from primary to secondary school

Footsteps is a three stage programme which focuses on the skills needed to become safer road users. It includes:

  • safe places
  • vehicle lights
  • stopping, looking and listening
  • crossing – while holding an adults hand
  • fast and slow
  • near and far
  • parked cars
  • crossing
  • being seen
  • weather conditions
  • people who can help
  • planning a safe route

Road Safety Lesson plans are available to support Footsteps Training. You may also like to invite Gist Ltd to come along to your school to deliver their Child Road Safety Programme.


What is Footsteps training?

Footsteps is a road safety training programme for young children. It helps children to learn to think for themselves and gradually get better at dealing with roads and traffic.

There are three stages, green, amber and red. Each builds on the last stage, covering the basic “Green Cross Code” then adding other aspects of road safety.

Volunteers are trained as Footsteps Tutors by Bucks County Council. They take the children into the local area to observe the traffic and discuss road safety, through a series of practical exercises.

Children are not told what to do but are encouraged to make their own choices and decisions about what they see and hear through questioning. As time goes on they get better at deciding what they have to do to keep safe in various traffic situations.

Footsteps could save their lives – so it’s one of the most important things a child needs to learn!


Setting up tutor training

Schools should appoint a Footsteps Co-ordinator to organise Tutor Training and arrange the children’s training sessions.

Tutors can be parents, grandparents or Learning Support Assistants, even teaching staff if they have the time. They must attend a Tutor Training course, organised by the Transport Strategy Team at Bucks County Council. The course lasts up to 1 ½ hours and takes place at three venues, County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Council Offices, Eastern Street, High Wycombe and  Council Offices, King George V Road, Amersham, each term. Training is free of charge to all schools, nurseries and children’s centres.

Places are limited on all courses.


Course dates

Spring term


Room Venue
Friday 1 March 8 Council Offices, King George V Road, Amersham, HP6 5BN 
Thursday 25 April 8 Council Offices, King George V Road, Amersham, HP6 5BN
Friday 26 April 8th floor, room 2 County Hall, Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP20 1UY

All courses commence at 9.30am (for 10am start) and aim to finish at 11.30am (12pm latest)


How to book

To book training please contact Corinne Randall - Tel 01296 383432

Schools usually train children from Year One or Year Two – depending on how many Tutors are available. Each child will take part at least twice a term. Certificates can be awarded once a stage is completed. These are free of charge and can be ordered from the School Travel Planning online shop.

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