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Independent travel training

Derbyshire County Council's children and younger adults department offers independent travel training to learners with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), who receive transport assistance to and from school or college paid for by Derbyshire County Council.

What does the training involve?

Trainers work on a one-to-one basis with a learner to gain independence on a specific route to and from school or college.  The travel trainer usually works with a learner for around 10 return sessions. This is usually on the same day each week for 10 weeks. The learner gradually develops their independence through accompanied, close and distance shadowed journeys.  Travel training provides valuable independence and increased confidence for learners.

Learners who have taken part in the training

Since this training has started more than 20 learners who have taken part now travel independently to and from school or college. The majority of these also use the skills they have learnt to travel independently for social visits, such as meeting up with friends and visiting family members.

Who is eligible?

Learners who are:

  • in Year 8 or above at school or aged between 16 and 24 attending post-16 education
  • being provided transport assistance to their place of education, paid for by Derbyshire County Council.

To make a referral please contact the travel training team:

email: lift-derbyshire@natstar.ac.uk
Tel: 07805745341