JLS in Torbay - calm down, it stands for Junior Life Skills
Pupils from primary schools across Torbay will learn a range of skills through interactive scenarios when they attend Junior Life Skills sessions in Torquay from Monday 17 to Friday 21 September.
The JLS sessions, led twice a year by Safer Communities Torbay with the support of several other local organisations including RNLI, St John Ambulance and Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, involve presentations to more than 700 10 and 11-year-olds on a range of safety issues in the home and on the street.
The event continues to offer lessons to pupils that will prepare them for the transition from primary to secondary school, including road safety, basic first aid and the well received sessions provided by Devon and Cornwall Police on internet chat rooms and bullying awareness.
The September sessions, being staged in the Assembly Rooms next to Torquay Town Hall, will also be the first time Stagecoach South West have been involved with teaching bus safety awareness.
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The bus safety scenario involves children being taught the importance of waiting safely at bus stops and what not to do when a bus is in motion. It will also give children tips on what to do if they’ve caught the wrong bus.
Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director of Stagecoach South West, said: "The safety of our passengers is our absolute priority. Therefore, I fully support this opportunity for our younger passengers to think about and explore possible scenarios they might experience when travelling by bus.
"I hope the outcome of the sessions will be that they'll feel completely confident about travelling on our buses, but they will also know what to do and who to ask if they do have any problems."
Teachers will be given a link to resources to carry out any follow-up work relating to the scenarios.
Torbay Council's Executive Lead for Safer Communities and Transport, Cllr Robert Excell, said: "The Junior Life Skills sessions are an excellent way of getting over key safety messages to young people. We are grateful to all the organisations that take part and make the sessions such a success.
"I am pleased that Stagecoach South West are taking part for the first time. We are very keen to encourage people of all ages to use local bus services, and the bus safety scenario is an extremely welcome addition to the JLS programme."