School is not just about GCSEs. It’s about preparing the students for life and we teach them life skills in our PSHE lessons. – Good morning! I think students aren’t quite sure what to expect from these sessions. – Thank you for inviting us in here. This is your time. We probably all remember sessions at school when we were children that weren’t the most engaging of things. We aim for these to be extremely engaging. We’ve been watching some videos and doing question and answer with a former bus man. – What would you do under those circumstances? – What would you do under those circumstances?
I’d try and get attention. It gets them to think about things and be able to respond in a mature way. – Yes, young lady over here. – Yes, young lady over here.
I’d say ‘thank you’ and walk away. – Do you say it with kindness? TfL have been doing these sessions at our school for about eight years or more and we ask them back because they do make an impact, they do make a difference. Then the bus driver looks at me and smiles and I just go and sit down. – ‘Then the bus driver looks at me and smiles and I go and sit down.’ – Do you smile back? I used to feel, no I can’t do it, I can’t talk to the bus driver on my own. I think it made me think differently, it made me think, ‘What would I do if I was in their position
and how would I feel?’ When you’re polite to people then people are polite back to you. Secondary school pupils represent a
good proportion of the population and we want to make sure that their experience of public transport is sustained and they will become future users of public transport in London. I think TfL do make an effort to make it inclusive for all different genders and races and religions because, at the end of the day, it is all about respect. It has had an impact on our school with the behaviour on transport and I feel that other schools need to know this too and need to be able to share what we’ve done here. – When she has her earphones in and she talks, she obviously talks too loud. One of the wonderful things about working with secondary school audiences is we get to fine tune the knowledge that they have, plug any gaps and really help to make young people some of the best, most considerate users of the public transport network.