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1. Overview

Mathematics can save lives and can make the world a safer place for everyone.

The town council has allocated £100,000 to spend on reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries due to road accidents. Pupils will work in small teams to plan the most effective way to allocate the money, using the software supplied to analyse data on recent road accidents and build a convincing case.

2. Mathematical content

Key Stage 3 National Curriculum areas covered include:

3. Organisation and pedagogy

This case study supports 5-6 one-hour lessons of classroom activity, interspersed with modest amounts of homework, organised into 4 stages. A mixture of class, group and individual work is involved.

It is suitable for all pupils in Years 7, 8 or 9 - younger pupils or lower attainers may need more time.

4. Resources

The Teacher's Guide and Using The Software documents look best when printed double-sided, in colour, and bound into a booklet or ringbinder - but this is not compulsory. Some of the Handouts are best copied onto stiff paper and cut up into cards.

Running the software directly from this page requires Flash Player 8 or newer (see the software installers page for alternatives). PC users will need Adobe Reader to open the PDF files. Both can be downloaded from