Independent Travel Training for children and young people

Supporting young people with disabilities or anxiety to use public transport safely.

Our training programme is designed to support children and young people who are unable or restricted in their ability, because of learning difficulties or physical disabilities to use public transport through obtaining a high level of road safety knowledge and skills. 


Our video highlights the benefits of the training programme.

Three stages

The programme features three confidence-building stages - red, amber and green - which the young person takes and achieves a certificate. 

Red and amber stages focus on activities, accompanied by adults, around the school and the local community. By the time they reach green, they will develop the skills needed for a supported journey home.

When all the tasks are completed and the young person has been successfully shadowed on the planned route, they will be able to travel independently.

If they are eligible for free home to school transport, they will receive a bus pass for travelling to school or college which can also be used evenings and weekends. 

Integration with the curriculum

The programme and resources are provided free to schools, colleges and other providers in Oxfordshire. They integrate with curriculum subjects such as:

  • PSHE
  • English
  • Maths
  • Geography
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Nurture groups
  • Lunchtime groups
  • Independent Living Skills                 

Training will be provided by staff at the school, college or organisation with support from our Independent Travel Trainer.

During training

If currently provided, school transport can still be accessed during training.

We discourage parents from attending the training to build the young person’s confidence in travelling independently. Parents or carers can wait at the bus stop or train station once training has been completed. We encourage practising at the weekends or during holiday time.

We will be guided by schools and parents on how to deal with anxious students.

Training will include advice, such as sitting close to the driver to prevent missing the stop or telling the driver where they want to get off.

Who can apply?

Any of the following organisations/people can apply on behalf of a young person:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Parents/carers
  • Professionals supporting young people with an education, health and care plan (EHCP)

The young person will be assessed to check eligibility and suitability.

For further information contact our Independent Travel Training Team.