Schools across Gloucestershire are being encouraged by the Liberal Democrats to bring their year 5 groups for free safety sessions at the SkillZone Centre on Tuffley Lane in Gloucester.
At budget setting back in February an amendment from the Liberal Democrat group was approved that gave all year 5 children an opportunity to attend the SkillZone. A unique and interactive safety education centre, which opened in September 2012 addressing the underlying causes of unintentional injuries.
A response to a written question at last week’s council meeting however showed that primary school take-up was slow.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Cllr. Jeremy Hilton (LD: Kingsholm and Wotton) said that: “So far there have only been 16 out of 246 primary schools in the county that have taken up the opportunity of free safety sessions.
“I am pleased that a further 39 schools have made advanced bookings, but I am disappointed that not more schools have taken their year 5 classes to the centre. I believe that the council could do more to promote the centre and encourage take-up as it provides invaluable safety information in a fun and informal setting.
“We would like to see this invaluable resource further utilised by all schools in the county and encourage those primary schools who have not yet booked a free safety session for their year 5 groups to do so.”