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RNLI throws support behind launch of StayWise

THE Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is throwing its support behind the launch of StayWise – a new, free online learning platform from UK emergency services.

Aimed at pupils aged 3-18, StayWise brings together the educational resources of the emergency services linked to the national curriculum so that pupils can learn about water safety as part of a maths or science lesson, or write an escape plan and how to keep safe during an English lesson.

The website offers free lesson plans, videos, and activity sheets to help teach young people about potentially lifesaving advice within core curriculum subjects.

And with many parents currently home schooling due to the pandemic, there are plenty of useful resources. Teachers can also set work from the site as part of a remote learning plan for parents and carers to follow.

Sam Johnson, RNLI National Water Safety Education Partner, said: ‘We are committed to keeping our communities safe and StayWise is a fantastic new resource for everyone to use.

‘Offering teachers, parents and the emergency services consistent and effective educational materials to help young people 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.’

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) is the driving force behind StayWise with partners including the RNLI, Royal Life Saving Society, 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 are teachers, 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, to find a collection of resources to keep students busy.

Find it now at staywise.co.uk

Photo: NFCC

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