Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway


Operation Safety was conceived in 2000 as an expansion of the Road Safety course being rolled out in primary schools and initially involved Schools Services, Police, Fire Service and Ambulance Service.  Over the years Operation Safety has developed and additional partner agencies now participate. There are now 12 scenarios giving life skills in a safe environment to enhance the pupils’ knowledge of what to do in these situations.  It is hoped they remember these lessons in future if they find themselves in a similar position in real life.  The scenarios evolve to keep up to date with the current issues, for example, Internet Safety includes bullying on-line and on mobile phones. Each year over 2,200 P6/7 pupils attend Operation Safety. Operation Safety was first mentioned at one of the Glow Training courses attended by Community Police Officers as one of the officers involved saw the potential of using Glow.

Glow Group Noticeboard Images - click to enlarge
Glow Group Noticeboard Images – click to enlarge

Diane Webb is a Development Officer for Glow with Dumfries and Galloway. It was decided at a meeting attended by both the police and education that a Glow Group would be created for use within the authority to enhance the experience for the pupils attending the sessions. Discussions were held to decide what would be included in the Glow Group. They decided that a Glow Group would work well to showcase art work and creative writing by the pupils and also to facilitate feedback from the pupils themselves after they took part in the project. They were also keen that the Glow Group could contain film of the pupils, from different schools, participating in some of the activities and also films of interviews with the pupils about the activities. The plan was that pupils would only get access to the Glow Group once they had attended their Operation Safety session.


Tour of the Operation Safety Glow Group (6:30)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

The basic template for the Group was created and the surveys were created and added.  The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) film, Jigsaw, was added after seeking permission from CEOP and the YouTube video, Children See, Children Do. The layout changed as Diane and her team added various items to the pages to make them more attractive and useful for the pupils and teachers.

Creative Writing Page
Be Safe Be Bright - click to enlarge

Be Safe Be Bright – click to enlarge

The Glow Group also includes a Creative Writing Page and they’re hoping to expand this to include more pieces of pupil writing as the Glow Group starts to be used.

Picture Library Page
Posters - click to enlarge

Posters – click to enlarge

There were hundreds of posters available from running the project previously and it is was really difficult for the team to choose which ones to showcase on this page. Again, it is hoped that they will be able to use this page to showcase pupil artwork from around the local authority.


Armed with a video camera, tripod and microphone Diane and her colleague Andrea Austin attended Operation Safety in Stranraer and filmed the scenarios they wanted to use for the Glow Group.  They also collected pupil work from PC Milven.  The videos were edited back at base by one of their colleagues on the Glow Team. It is intended to extend the range of videos available on the Glow Group by filming further videos the next time Operation Safety runs.

Beer Glasses film from the Glow Group (2:16)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

What did Diane need to successfully set up the Operation Safety Glow Group?

  • A Glow Group created at local authority level in Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Pupils to be added into the Glow Group school by school, once they have completed the Operation Safety course.
  • Surveys created and put onto the Noticeboard page for the pupils and staff from the schools to respond to.
  • Various pages created within the Glow Group.
  • A picture library created to hold pupils’ art work.
  • A Creative Writing documents web part to hold pupils’ work.
  • Various videos uploaded to TeacherTube and then embedded into xml web parts within the Glow Group.


There are many aspects of the Operation Safety Glow Group which could have been included in the recipe section. However, I have chosen creating the survey for the focus and you will find videos on this below. You will find links to other Cookbooks containing how-to videos on similar aspects to the ones additioanlly included in the Operation Safety Glow Group.

Creating a Survey (10:04)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

Adding the survey to the page (2:06)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

These Cookbooks contain information about embedding video in your Glow Group:

Embedding Video as a Stimulus for Writing

Engaging Videos in an Earth and Space Glow Group at Coylton Primary

LEGO activities at SLF: Part 4- Pictures and Videos

These Cookbooks contain further information about using surveys in Glow

Embedding Glow in daily learning and teaching

Raising attainment in literacy in Primary 3

Encouraging deeper learning: pupils creating surveys

Enabling Pupil Voice – using a Glow Survey


The following videos are really about the impact of the project rather than the Glow Group as it is too early yet to be able to tell how well the Glow Group is extending the learning.

The first video is Diane describing the project and the Glow Group and the remainder of the videos are from the What we Learned page of the Glow Group and also available on Teacher Tube.

Diane Webb speaks about Operation Safety (3:06)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

In their own words (0:37)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

The Best Bit of Operation Safety – Pupil Comments (0:50)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

What scared us most – Pupil Comments (1:36)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

Top Tips – Pupil Comments (2:51)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

What we learned about online games (0:19)
Operation Safety in Dumfries and Galloway

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