Home to School SEND Travel Assistance - Independent Travel Training (ITT)
Who can access Independent Travel Training?
Young people with SEND aged 12 upwards who have a Wandsworth EHCP may be eligible for Independent Travel Training if they live 2 miles or more from the school/college they are attending.
Young people may also be eligible if they are in receipt of SEN Travel Assistance.
The skills learned can help young people independently access education, training, employment, social and leisure opportunities that they were not previously able to, without support.
Due to the independence young people develop from the training, their parents/carers can benefit from a long-term reduction in care responsibilities.
What the ITT Programme includes:
- 1-1 personalised training programme
- Close liaison with families, schools and other professionals
- Teaching of essential safety and awareness skills that build independence
- Emergency strategies and stranger awareness
- Personal safety skills
- Journey planning
- Time management
- Giving relevant travel-related Information (travel cards, phone apps, journey planners etc)
How to apply
An online application will need to be fully completed and submitted to the SEND Travel Assistance Team. The completed application will be assessed against DfE Guidance, and the SEND Travel Assistance Policy, for eligibility at a future fortnightly panel. The panel’s decision will be communicated to the parent within seven working days. A further 15 working days will be required in order to safely set up all agreed forms of SEND Travel Assistance. The whole process can take up to approximately one month to complete.
In the Special Requirements section, please respond “Yes” to the question: “Independent Travel Training may be offered to secondary children if suitable, would your child benefit from this?”
For help completing the application form, please contact the WIASS team using the link below.
Please note, they are only able to provide general advice on completing the application form. They are unable to provide advice on the SEND Travel Assistance team’s processes.
If you have questions on completing the Application form, or would like any further advice, please contact the SEND Travel Assistance team using the email below.
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- SEND Travel Assistance Team
Last updated: 06 Nov 2023