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RSSRob Hattersley

Rob is Manager at Safeside, two interactive safety education centres run by West Midlands Fire Service. The largest at Eastside, next to the proposed HS2 terminal in Birmingham, comprises a full size street scene with bus, train, canal, shops and house, wilst the second is attached to Handsworth Fire Station. Rob leads a team of 5 full time staff and 25 sessional presenters, and supports and trains a team of over 80 volunteer guides. Together they deliver experiential safety and citizenship programmes to around 15,000 children and adults across the West Midlands. Rob is also Communications Officer of the Safety Centre Alliance, the national network of similar centres.

Rob has taught in several primary schools around the UK, most recently as a deputy head. He worked for a major house-builder in setting up a school and community programme across the Midlands and South-East. He has also run his own consultancy, developing programmes incorporating the objectives of businesses, local authorities, campaigning groups, charities and other organisations into the school curriculum.

Rob can be contacted on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Blog posts by Rob Hattersley

Baked bean safety

August 18th, 2014 by Rob Hattersley

Last night Carolyn and I watched ‘The Rain Man’ (1988) starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Despite its age, a surprisingly good film. At one point, Raymond Babbit, who has social difficulties but is a very high functioning autistic, becomes extremely disturbed when his brother Charlie wants him...

Indoor streets

July 1st, 2014 by Rob Hattersley

In cities around the UK, there are several buildings in which you will find Coronation Street type variations on the following themes: a full size street, car, pedestrian crossing, house, full stocked shop, Internet cafe, water feature, train and alleyway. Several include full size buses and at least on...

Facebook for under 13s?

May 24th, 2011 by Rob Hattersley

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, is arguing that under 13s should be able to use Facebook. At the NewSchools Venture Fund's Summit in California last week, Zuckerberg told an interviewer that improving education and making the Internet more open are his favourite dinner party topics. Currently, Facebook ...

Computer screens can't replace active learning

November 25th, 2010 by Rob Hattersley

It seems some public sector organisations are thinking about putting everything - especially training - online in an effort to save money.From an educational perspective I think such online schemes are overrated. In trials for one online scheme I was consulted on, I remember thinking that any competent ...

Cyclists as safe as necessary? Not in many urban areas.

July 15th, 2010 by Rob Hattersley

Great to hear Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, saying that children should be encouraged to cycle with more freedom in order to gain life experience skills. I agree with him that children should be 'as safe as necessary, not as safe as possible.' This is a principle we promote at Safeside, wher...

Trialling Lifeskills

June 25th, 2010 by Rob Hattersley

Really enjoyed the trial this week for Lifeskills - our new Year 8 programme in the safety village. It comprised of an interactive tour led by Safeside Presenters and drama students from Birmingham City University. The drama students have written and devised their own scripts, based on criteria set do...

Welcome to the West Midlands

March 13th, 2010 by Rob Hattersley

I'm just taking a short break from writing a new and exciting interactive education programme for newcomers to the West Midlands. The scheme will fully utilise Safeside's realistic indoor street scene to deliver information and develop skills which our research suggest will be useful to those struggling to a...

Get on the Safeside

March 4th, 2010 by Rob Hattersley

In the space of two hours, the six children got help for someone who drowned, crossed the road safely several times, and were pretty scared as they walked down a dark alley to find someone standing round an even darker corner. They did some shopping, tried to buy some cigarettes for a neighbour, although...

Communicate your messages through schools

April 3rd, 2008 by Rob Hattersley

Investing in curriculum resources for schools can be a very effective way of communicating messages on sustainability to wider audiences for local authorities. Not only do the children in schools benefit, but you can also effect behavioural change in parents and the wider community, especially when...

Get out the vote

March 15th, 2008 by Rob Hattersley

It's coming up to election time again and local authority election departments might be wondering what turnout will be and thinking of ways to improve it. For a small investment in a primary schools programme elections departments could: - * generate excellent media opportunities highlighting the...