Info for teachers
What is Independent Travel Training?
Travelling independently is an important part of a child’s development. Travel Training gives children with Special Educational Needs the skills and confidence to travel independently on public transport.
Why should pupils take part?
Travel Training is highly effective at ensuring that young people can travel independently. Those participating in the programme:
- Feel more confident and independent
- Arrive at school better able to learn
- Are more engaged, motivated and require less support
- Have learned more about punctuality and attendance
- Have access to a greater range of college courses and mainstream education
- Can go out a lot more with their friends
- Do not have rely on specialist transport – or their parents/carers
- Have a better chance at finding a job
- Feel safer
How does it work?
Young people are paired up with their own experienced travel trainer. The trainer will conduct full risk assessments on a safe route to school or college and then accompany the child as they travel on public transport.
On the way, they will pass on skills, hints and tips to help them get ready for making the journey on their own. The training covers:
- Safe road crossing
- Confidence in using different types of transport
- Journey planning
- Getting to know their route
- What to do if something goes wrong
- Personal safety
- Using money, Oyster cards and tickets
As their skills develop over time, they will undertake more of the journey on their own, with the trainer shadowing to ensure knowledge has been embedded. Once they are travelling safely and completely independently, they will be signed off.
Who is it for?
The Travel Training programme is for young people who:
- Are aged 10-26
- Live in either the London Borough of Camden or the London Borough of Lambeth
- Currently use specialist transport
- Have a statement of Special Educational Needs
What do I do next?