Independent Travel Training

Independent Travel Training (ITT) is for students who have learning difficulties or physical disabilities which mean they are unable, or are restricted in their ability, to travel unassisted on public transport. Training is delivered by staff in schools.

ITT is tailored to a student's needs and once undertaken can be 'topped up' to take account of changes in routes or needs. The training allows students to enjoy independence and access services and facilities they wish to use.

Aims and objectives

The aim of ITT is for young people to gain total travel independence, following positive safe travel practice with the assistance of an adult.

The objectives are for young people to:

  • gain an understanding of safe practice, leading to a reduction of road accidents
  • gain increased self-esteem
  • have an enhanced quality of social life
  • have raised aspirations for job prospects.

On completion of the programme, young people should be able to travel independently to local and more widespread landmarks, work experience, school/college and back home.

Who the programme is for

The ITT programme and resources are provided free to schools and colleges in Nottinghamshire. It can fit into the curriculum in:

  • PSHE
  • specific 'take out' lessons for students who are vulnerable or with learning difficulties
  • Geography
  • nurture groups
  • lunch time groups.

All students can benefit from the programme but especially students with learning difficulties and others of a nervous nature.

Where a school/college is taking part, letters and information leaflets will be sent home to parents to get parental permission.

The programme is regarded as a 'Category A' visit in terms of risk assessment, which is a 'run of the mill' outing. This puts it in the same category as an outing to the library to access resources there or to the local church to do a history project.

Get the programme at your school

Our ITT staff will contact schools and colleges and develop training resource packs for each specific establishment. Our travel training staff will then:

  • train 'in-house' trainers
  • provide support and advice on an ongoing basis
  • monitor the progress at each establishment
  • review the scheme continually to reflect feedback.

All resources are free for Nottinghamshire educational establishments.

We reward schools/colleges who are running the programme and have made really good progress with an Excellent School Award. Accreditation is in the form of an A4 award certificate. Contact us for more information about the award.

Contact us

Find out more by contacting the Independent Travel Training team:

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