Independent Travel Training

Wirral Independent Travel Training (ITT) aims to give pupils with Special Educational Needs and or Disabilities (SEND) the key skills and confidence to travel independently using public transport to and from school or college. The aims of ITT are to:

  • Increase independence and use of own initiative
  • Raise self confidence
  • Provide greater freedom
  • Develop social skills
  • Open opportunities for learning and work
  • Less reliance on friends and family

What service is offered?

The service provides individuals with their own personal travel programme and assistance to learn how to travel independently. Working one to one with a travel trainer, pupils will be accompanied to and from school over an extended period of time until they are ready to make the journey independently.
Training covers various topics depending on the needs of the learner. Areas covered are:

  • Personal Safety
  • Road Safety
  • Recognising and avoiding dangerous situations
  • Following directions
  • Boarding the correct transport in the right direction
  • Buying tickets

Pupils who have completed the pilot scheme report feeling more confident, having more self-esteem and feeling happier about accessing further education, work, training and other opportunities.

Who is eligible for Independent Travel Training?

The scheme is open to young people with Special Educational Needs and or a Disability attending Wirral Special Schools, Education Inclusion Bases in mainstream schools or post 16 provision. Students currently in receipt of school or college transport who would like to learn to travel independently can also apply.

How can I find out more?

To register your interest in ITT please contact the Integrated Transport Unit by:
E-mail [email protected]
Call 0151 666 4212
Click here to download the Independent Travel Training Leaflet

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