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Alison
karl lagerfeld safety vest advert

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Paris, Milan and London Fashion Weeks - take your pick - it’s pretty unlikely any of these will feature a hi vis jacket on the catwalk.

Although designer Karl Lagerfeld may have carried it off well when he wore one for a French road safety campaign, let’s face it, ‘hi vis’ isn’t exactly a fashion item. But it is one of the most ‘popular’ and widely-worn garments nowadays.

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Alison
bright workshop wicksteed park

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Road Safety Week is approaching fast (but keeping within the speed limits of course!).

This year it runs from 20 to 26 November; a few weeks after the clocks will have gone back and the evenings will be drawing in.

Here at Brightkidz we'll be out and about working with local schools to show pupils how to be bright... and passing on our creative ideas for you to try too with your pupils or your own families.

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Alison
clip on reflector

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Are you ready for a science lesson? This week we invite you to take a look behind the scenes and see how reflectors are made. We’ll show you what’s inside a reflector and how the special materials and processes help to make them so bright. Finally, we've some fun 'reflector' tasks you can try in your classroom.

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Alison
Why walk? Gain roadsense

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Welcome to October...

Did you know every October is International Walk to School (iWalk) Month?

Here in the UK it’s an ideal time of year to be organising walk to school events and launching initiatives; pupils and teachers have settled in with their new classes, outdoors autumn colours are enticing and the colder weather hasn’t yet reached us.

So why is walking to school important? We’ve got LOADS of reasons… here are ten to start you off and help others realise why it’s worth getting on board with your plans:

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Alison
Modeshift board

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This week we're welcoming an old friend to bring you a guest blog: Modeshift has been bringing together school travel professionals for 15 years and in that time they've achieved plenty and have plans to do even more. Here's Ross, Chair of Modeshift, to tell you more...

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Alison
dragon reflectors

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‘Be brave.’ I told myself, ‘You can do it - just put yourself forward. It will be good for you and it will be good for Brightkidz’.

And so I pressed the ‘send’ button on my email: Yes, I‘m interested in pitching in the 'Dragons Den' at the Good Stories conference.

No turning back now.

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Anonymous
Cycling towards cycle shelter

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The kids have gone back to school... maybe to new schools... and maybe they are trying a new way of getting there: cycling.

So this week we welcome back guest bloggers and cycle shelter suppliers Broxap with tips on how to keep your children safe when cycling to school... or anywhere! Take it away guys...

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Alison

Starting school is a Big Thing; it’s exciting, they want to make friends and impress the teacher… and that’s just the parents!

But it can also be overwhelming with so much information to take in and a strong desire to do the ‘right thing’.

If you want parents and pupils to get the ‘walk to school’ habit from the start they may need your help and encouragement but your efforts now could have a really long-lasting effect.

Here are ten tips for schools to help make the most of this opportunity and create a ‘walk to school’ culture:

catch the bus week promo photo

Why drive when you can be driven? Personally I'd much rather travel by bus than take the car... my time is my own to check my phone and I don't need to worry about the traffic or finding a parking space.

However, many of us are in the habit of driving everywhere and would not think of taking the bus despite the growing levels of congestion and pollution. Children are growing up dependent on their parents for lifts and even unaware of how to read a timetable and catch a local bus... maybe not even knowing how to get it to stop!

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