Schools Safety Challenge Map

Schools’ Safety Challenge

November 27, 2013

We were approached in by West Midlands Fire Service to create an online version of their popular Schools’ Safety Challenge. Previously it had been a paper-based safety quiz for school children to work through in lessons, culminating in top pupils taking part in a grand final. The new version would need to be an engaging and interactive online resource with animations, exciting graphics and an integrated scoring system so teachers and fire service staff could monitor scores as the pupils worked their way through the tasks.

Arcimedia were given a short time-frame to develop the E-learning environment. At the same time, we worked alongside West Midlands Fire Service to market the resource and get as many schools as possible on board.

The Schools’ Safety Challenge is based on the National Curriculum and is a collection of tasks and activities built around a quiz-style format. Pupils receive scores for every activity they undertake, and can compete with each other and between schools.

Using the resource, children will learn how to:

  • Spot fire hazards in the home and to look after a smoke alarm
  • Make a call to the emergency services
  • Stay safe whilst walking near roads
  • Be safer cyclists
  • Make decisions to improve their personal safety and physical wellbeing
  • Spot dangers in the home, including kitchen and garden safety
  • Stay safe near water in the summer and winter

The resource has since been taken up by other fire services, including Northamptonshire and Leicestershire fire services.

Find out more about the Schools’ Safety Challenge at

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– Fiona Rhodes, West Midlands Fire Service


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