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What is independent travel training?
It is the process that teaches someone to learn how to travel a specific route on their own and in a safe and responsible way:
- a unique learning programme specifically designed to meet each trainee's individual needs
- one-to-one flexible bespoke training by a qualified travel trainer
- support gradually phased out until the individual feels confident and competent enough to do the journey alone
- the option to achieve an Entry Level 2 qualification, nationally accredited by Open Awards in Skills for Independent Travel (for FREE!)
At the council's discretion our SEN team may also provide a West Midlands Travel Pass upon completion of travel training when your current transport arrangements cease.
Watch our travel training video below:
Anyone who would like to improve their skills and confidence when making journeys in their local area and by using public transport!
We work with young people from the age of eleven, all the way up to adults in their eighties – there is something in a travel training programme for everyone, and you are never too young (or old!) to improve your independence skills, confidence, and abilities when making journeys using public transport.
Travel training can be particularly beneficial to support those about to complete their transition to secondary school or college.
Independent travel training will help you with:
- planning a journey (where you want to go and how you can get there)
- planning what you need to take with you for your journey
- personal and community safety
- developing your individual coping strategies including ‘what if’ scenario’s
- developing your confidence and independence
- confidently and competently travelling using a bus, train or Metro tram.
As an independent traveller you will:
- find it easier to get to school, college, day opportunity or work
- have more choice and be able to go to new places on your own
- have more freedom and more independence
- learn how to be safe on, and near, roads and in the community
- find out more about the community where you live
- be less reliant on family or carers.
Specialist travel trainers experienced in working with individuals (and their families) who have a variety of physical and/or learning disabilities or difficulties, including Autism.
Our travel trainers all have a minimum Level 2 Award in Skills for Teaching Independent Travel Training accredited by Open Awards.
Sandwell Council’s SEN Service determines who, based on the SEN Travel Assistance policy and application form, will receive Independent Travel Training.
Adult referrals (those 18 years and over) who access adult support services in Sandwell or are in receipt of council funded transport may qualify for the service to be funded on their behalf to learn a ‘meaningful’ journey (ie, to their day opportunity, education, training, employment or volunteering)
If the above qualifying criteria are met the training is free, but you will need to pay your bus, train or Metro tram fare if you are over compulsory school age. If you are registered disabled, you may be entitled to a free concessionary travel pass from Centro.
For those who don’t meet qualifying criteria or are out of borough, the service can be provided privately at a cost of £25 per hour.
The TITAN Initiative (Together Improving Travel Abilities Now!) is a fully inclusive programme of study outlining a set of target criteria and learning outcomes. The initiative can be run alongside the National Curriculum in separate TITAN sessions, or embedded as a whole school approach within all lessons and subject areas, embracing all opportunities as learning opportunities.
As a fully inclusive programme of study, TITAN has particular appeal for SEN students, EAL students and students with low self-esteem/confidence; however it has universal appeal outside of these groups.
TITAN incorporates mandatory criteria in areas including road safety and planning a journey on public transport in the local area, to ensure children from the age of 2 have these experiences in preparation for later life.
TITAN also embeds an Entry Level 2 qualification in Skills for Travelling in the Community, nationally accredited by Open Awards, so schools can opt to register students from age 8 onwards, to achieve a formal nationally recognised 6 credit value qualification.
“TITAN is comprehensive, user friendly and has a massive impact on a student’s life both in and out of school. This is the second school I’ve run this programme of study in and its success continues” (Learning Support Practitioner, Secondary school, Sandwell).
“The benefit of TITAN, is the clear breakdown of skills required to achieve each target and also the depth and breadth of aspects of public life covered. Ordinarily, we would explicitly cover areas such as using public transport just once through a child’s time in primary school… I can really see the benefits of this specific, discrete program to work through these skills with individuals, particularly children in need of one to one support, in preparation for moving to secondary school” (Primary School Teacher, Cambridge).
The TITAN Initiative is currently FREE to Schools in Sandwell, for further information please visit the What is TITAN? webpage or email us or telephone 0121 569 4144