AF&RS supports new web resource designed to save lives through education

StayWise is a new, free learning platform aimed at pupils aged 3-18 years old and brings together the educational resources of the emergency services linked to the national curriculum and is being supported by Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS).

Using the web-based platform, pupils can learn about fire safety as part of a maths or science lesion, or write an escape plan instruction and how to keep safe in an English lesson, through the provision of free lesson plans, videos and activity sheets.

The site aims to help educators teach young people potentially lifesaving advice within core curriculum subjects and with many adults home-schooling due to the pandemic, there are plenty of useful resources for mums, dads and carers too.

You can access the site by visiting www.StayWise.co.uk

Meghann Elvin, Children and Young Persons Manager for Risk Reduction at AF&RS said: “As a fire and rescue service we are committed to keeping our communities safe, so I’m thrilled that the StayWise resources have been released!

“The introduction of this platform and all the invaluable information contained within is such a positive leap towards a consistently high standard of safety-related education being received by all children and young people across the country.

“Offering effective educational materials to help young people has never been so critical, especially when so many of us are isolated. We can’t wait to explore the new and exciting activities that will engage the young people with we work with.”

The National Fire Chief Council (NFCC) leads on the partnership behind StayWise and other partners involved in the initiative 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.

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 teaching, home-schooling parents, or emergency service staff and volunteers.  We have released the site early to support home learning for 3 to 11 year olds, but we’ll be expanding the resources available for older age groups in the coming months.”

The StayWise website is easy to use, just select an age group, subject, or theme and you will find a collection of resources to keep students busy.  Find it now at www.StayWise.co.uk