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Independent Travel Training

What Independent Travel is

It’s a free service that offers children and young people who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) a set of essential skills, enabling them to travel independently.

The service promotes independence and life skills through individual training programmes, which involve the use of buses and tram, encouraging children and young people with special educational needs to reach their potential.

Also, see Natasha's Story here or Jack's Story here


Independent Travel Training offers many benefits to the student as it;

  • Promotes independence and enables students to access social activities
  • Increases confidence and helps them to feel safer in their community
  • Helps to improve social skills and maintain relationships
  • Opens up many routes to further education, employment or leisure

Also, see Natasha's Story here or Jack's Story here

Making a referral

To refer a young person onto the Independent Travel Training scheme, please click on the link below and complete the electronic referral form.

Independent Travel Training Referral Form

Alternatively, you can request for a form to be sent to you via post or email, by contacting us at

Students will be referred to the ITT service by SEN Services, schools, colleges and Futures Advice. All of these services will be able to identify the students who will benefit from travel training. 


The travel training programme will provide students with a wide range of support which will include:

  • Coping with traffic and road safety
  • Learning the highway code
  • Confidence in using buses, trams and trains
  • Journey planning
  • How to use timetables and visual aids
  • Where to get help
  • Personal safety
  • Money skills

Once the training is complete, the student will be presented with a certificate in recognition of the skills they have gained during the training. We will continue to evaluate and assess the student after the training and can offer ongoing support.

Safe Places Scheme

The ITT team are working very closely with Nottingham Mencap to promote the ‘Safe Places Scheme’ in and around Nottingham. A ‘Safe Place’ will have a nationally recognised sticker on the front window or at the help point desk. For further information on the ‘Safe Places Scheme’ please visit Nottingham Mencap’s website