Info for parents
What is Independent Travel Training?
Travelling independently is an important part of your child’s development. Travel Training gives children with Special Educational Needs the skills and confidence to travel independently on public transport.
Why should your child take part?
Lots of young people are now travelling independently after taking part in the programme. Parents tell us that their children:
- Feel more confident and independent
- Can go out a lot more with their friends
- Do not have to rely on specialist transport – or their parents/carers
- Have acess to a greater range of college courses
- Have a better chance of finding a job
- Do better at school
- Feel safer
How does it work?
Your child will be 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 your 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.
What do I do next?