What is Independent Travel Training?
The Independent Travel Training course is a new programme that has been devised to support young people with SEND or additional needs to obtain the skills needed to gain full independence when travelling on public transport. The young person will be accompanied, supported and assessed on a bus or train route by the Independent Travel Trainer. Ideally, the assessed journey in question will be the young person’s journey from home to their place of education or training and the return journey.
This will therefore enable the young person to have full independence over their travel 5 days a week, as well as giving them the skills to travel independently for life. The journey the trainee will undertake will be fully risk assessed prior to practical training. The trainee and trainer will then engage in a “phase out” form of support, in which the Travel Trainer supports the trainee in increasing distance and fewer verbal prompts until the trainee is ready to be shadowed from a distance with no support on
the journey. The journey has to be assessed at the last stage twice before being signed off as having successfully completed the course.
How does the training work?
Individual risk assessment of the trainees needs and route
Practical training to and from destination
Regular updates on the trainee’s progress
Final assessment and sign off
Certificate of achievement
Find more information in the leaflet below.
The Independent Travel Training scheme is currently running for students in a pilot school before being expanded. Please feel free to contact Athina Kouris on 0756 2434766 for more information, but external referrals will be on hold for the time-being until the pilot run has been completed. Many thanks for your interest and understanding.
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