Independent travel training
SEN Travel Enablement
Independent travel training (ITT) can help you to learn how to travel independently to your current or future school/college.
“Always felt fully informed and was kept up to date with progress and any changes that needed to be made.” – Parent of trainee 2018
“Really helpful to know my son is in good hands and being taught by someone who understands his needs and the route he is to take” – Parent of trainee 2018
“I really liked the trainer who came on the bus with me and she was very friendly and helpful” – Trainee 2018
“happy with walking by myself, and how to cross roads safely and in between parked cars” – Trainee 2018
"This is a great service which I believe is essential for young people with learning difficulties" - Carer of trainee, 2017
"I feel much more confident about travelling alone now and can get to my destination without panicking" - Trainee, 2017
"This is brilliant for children's confidence and independence" - Parent of trainee, 2017
"I can get on a bus now and speak to the bus driver and travel and get off at the end safely" - Trainee, 2017
This service is available to you if:
- You have a Statement of SEN or an Education, Health & Care Plan
- You are/will be in full-time education (540 guided learning hours)
- You are/will be attending the nearest school or college that can meet your educational needs
- You live over 3 miles away from your nearest school or college
If you do not meet this criteria, please get in touch to see if we can still help.
How does it work?
If you complete and return a referral form, we will contact you to discuss
Travel training will usually start with a home or school visit followed by an
initial assessment to ensure training is suitable for the young person at
Training will be 1:1 on a withdrawing basis as the young person learns to
be independent and travel safely.
Sessions will be bespoke to meet your individual needs.
There is no pass or fail, it is a travel experience with an outcome we
discuss and agree with you.
How will travel training be delivered?
Your training will include:
- Using a bus pass or money and understanding information displays/ timetables
- Journey planning
- Practical training in the community: on foot, crossing roads, using public transport with the right support from the travel trainer
- ‘What if’ scenarios, coping strategies, how to resolve problems, using a mobile phone safely and more.
Who can make referrals?
Either parents or the following people can refer for travel training: schools,
social workers and other practitioners or lead professionals working with
children and young people with learning difficulties or disabilities.
Independent Travel Training