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Independent Travel Training

Making a referral

Students will be referred to the ITT service by SEN Services, schools, colleges, parents/carers and other agencies.  All of these services will be able to identify the students who may benefit from travel training.

To refer a young person on to the Independent Travel Training scheme, please click on the link on the right hand side of this page and complete the referral form.

Alternatively, you can request for a form to be sent to you via post or email, by contacting us at or 0151 225 6046/6040

Programme Contents

The travel training programme will cover various topics depending on the needs of the student. It will include:

  • personal & community safety
  • coping with traffic and road safety
  • classroom sessions
  • one to one coaching
  • confidence in using buses and/or trains
  • safe walking routes
  • journey planning and what you need to take with you
  • identification of landmarks
  • how to use timetables and visual aids
  • buying tickets
  • develop coping strategies including ‘what if’ scenarios
  • where to get help
  • money skills

A detailed personal journey plan is produced for each individual pupil in a format that is appropriate for him/her.

Once the training is complete, the student will be presented with a certificate in recognition of the fundamental life skills they have gained and the hard work they put into the training. We will continue to evaluate and assess the student after the training and are able to offer ongoing support.


Independent Travel Training offers many benefits to the student as it;

  • Promotes independence and enables students to access social activities
  • Increases confidence and helps them to feel safer in their community
  • Helps to improve social skills and maintain relationships
  • Opens up many routes to further education, employment or leisure


Summary of Travel Training Process


  • Assessment of Trainee
  • Route Assessment
  • Initial skills
  • Accompanied Travel
  • Repetition & shadowing
  • Independent Travel

Who to contact

Contact Name
Lynn Newton


In conjunction with the travel training programme, we also offer the option of delivering Open Awards Qualifications.

  • Entry Level 2 Award/Certificate in Skills for Travelling in the Community (RQF)
  • Entry Level 3 Award/Certificate in Skills for Travelling Independently (RQF)

The qualifications are ideal for young people or adults with barriers to travelling independently who want an introduction to the skills and knowledge required for safe and independent travel on pedestrian routes or using public transport.

The qualifications provide a mechanism for them to recognise their development of knowledge and/or skills to operate independently and effectively in life, learning and work.  For some learners, this may involve developing the skills to travel using public transport with support or for others to travel using public transport independently on a chosen journey.

Delivery of the qualifications is done in accordance with Ofqual regulatory guidelines and in line with Open Awards quality assurance processes.

Upon successful completion, the young person/adult will be awarded a certificate by Open Awards.


In addition to the statutory services that are offered free to young people up to the age of 18 years (by the 31 August) and under who are eligible for SEN Transport, we also have a range of traded services that can be purchased by schools, Post 16 Providers, Adult Social Care etc..

  • Moving On Travel Training Programme for Primary School Pupils

In May 2018, The Independent Travel Training Team launched a new training programme within the education sector which aims to improve the accessibility of transport for primary schools pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, or pupils who require additional support to become confident, independent travellers during the transition to secondary school.

The programme is delivered over a 6 week period and is mainly classroom based with some practical elements.  Following completion of the programme any eligible students identified as requiring support or training can be referred for individual training.  (Please see leaflet for further details) 

  • Bespoke Packages 

There is also a full menu of support and training available to schools, other Local Authorities, Adult Social Care for individual or groups to purchase which includes: 

  • Assessments
  • Classroom training
  • Practical training
  • Open Awards Qualifications
  • Advice/support/presentations

By commissioning our traded service, there are cost saving benefits for the commissioners with the reduction in accessing specialised assisted transport, but the benefits for the young people/adults and the wider community are potentially far more significant.  The programme makes a real difference to the lives and expectations of young people/adults.  It enables them to develop independence skills on their transition to adulthood, reducing the need to access Adult Social Care and for young adults, it promotes inclusion and opens up routes to enable them to access social activities and employment opportunities, also improving their confidence and level of health and well-being.  (Please see leaflet for further details)


Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Young Adults (16 to 25)
Secondary (11 to 16)