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Independent Travel Training

John Cowan, Independent Travel Trainer

I have recently started in the role of Independent Travel Trainer which helps to assist young people build their confidence in regard to travelling to and from their place of education independently.

In my spare time I run my fused glass business where I design and make different creations to sell while also doing glass workshops in the community to help inspire people.

What is Independent Travel Training?

Independent Travel Training  (ITT) is a free scheme for young people aged 14 years and over who are currently in full-time education and are in receipt of local authority transport support.  It will help them to travel independently between college/school and home.

ITT encourages children and young people with special educational needs to reach their potential.

ITT is a free service for children and young people who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

The ITT team work with young people through referrals from schools, colleges, and parent/carers.

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What are the benefits of Independent Travel Training?

  • Increased independence
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Improved social skills
  • Independent travel skills that could be developed and applied to other activites
  • Increased access to leisure and social events
  • Access to other study or work opportunities
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What support will be given?

The travel training programme will provide students with a wide range of support which will include:

  • Planning the journey
  • Confidence in using public buses
  • Paying for fares or using a bus pass
  • How to use timetables and visual aids
  • Coping with traffic and road safety
  • Solving problems on the journey
  • Where to get help
  • Personal safety

How to make a referral

Your school or college can make a referral for you or you can contact

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