What is independent travel training?
Independent travel training is for young people aged 5 to 24 who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP), or are currently undergoing an assessment for an EHCP.
Trainees will learn to travel by themselves on public transport to and from school or college and will be matched with their own dedicated Travel Buddy. The Travel Buddy works through a training plan with the young person. The plan is specifically tailored to the young person and aims to develop their independence along their own route to and from school or college.
The Travel Buddy withdraws their support at an appropriate pace in four stages until the young person is able to complete the journey independently.
In the past I have struggled to come to terms with my disability and it got me down, but now after travelling alone I know I am not different just because I have a disability I am actually an achiever and am extremely proud of myself
- Anna, an independent traveller
How much will it cost?
There is no cost to the young people or parents/carers who are eligible for this type of assistance.
How do I apply?
Our Transport for children with special educational needs or disability (SEND) page will help you find out if your child is eligible to receive support and provides an application form if you feel your child qualifies.
Our Independent travel training leaflet (PDF 283KB) provides further detail. To gain an insight into how the training works you can also watch our video.