This service is coordinated by Dudley MBC’s Road Safety and Travel Awareness who worked very closely and successfully with both Children’s Services Transport Team, and the Connexions Team. The benefits of the scheme are far reaching, providing independence and confidence in the students, also giving them increased life choices.
The referrals normally come through the Connexions PA’s, and monitored closely by the Transport Team, and prioritised by Connexions using a Red, Amber, Green “traffic light” system, with Green being the most urgent.
The scheme aims to train young people who are transported into schools and colleges by council provided taxi/minibus, to become independent travellers. In the main, this is done using public transport, but if a young person wishes to undertake their chosen journey by bicycle, our trainers can also deliver cycle training.
The majority of young people have some form of disability or special needs. It may be a learning or physical disability that prevents them from having the skills to travel independently. Each one has differing abilities. Some come the children have no experience of being allowed out on their own, or may just require a limited number of bus familiarisation sessions. The trainers do an initial assessment with all new clients to ascertain the individual needs of the young person, and then tailor the training to suit these differing needs.
Dudley MBC’s Road Safety and Travel Awareness are able to offer the young people who undertake a course of ITT, the opportunity to gain a qualification. The accredited course we have written is called working Towards Independent Travel, and is an Entry Level 1 course worth 6 credits.
When a young person begins their training, they are registered with the NOCN, and issued with a course booklet which they work through as they are training. The booklet is verified internally, and is then verified externally by the NOCN who then issue the award in due course to the successful candidate.
Help with travelling to school
To qualify for travel assistance:
• you must be a permanent resident of Dudley MBC
• if aged up to 8 years, you must live 2 miles or more from the nearest appropriate school via the shortest available walking route
• if aged 8 to 16, you must live 3 miles or more from the nearest appropriate school via the shortest available walking route
• The nearest appropriate school is the closest school within the catchment area to your home address, which is appropriate to your child's age and which has room in the year group at stated with Dudley School Admission Policy