Independent travel training
Our getting to school policy (PDF) sets out that our preferred type of travel assistance is independent travel training. It gives children and young people the skills and confidence to travel independently on public transport and helps prepare them for independent adult life.
By reducing young people's dependence on specialist transport, we can increase opportunities open to them in the future, such as going to college, getting a job or getting out and about with friends.
Our film below shows how young people can be supported to travel independently through travel training:
Independent travel training is provided by West Lea School and is available to any student in year 7 and above who has special educational needs, is an Enfield resident and attends an Enfield school.
The training covers:
- road safety awareness
- journey planning
- personal safety
- contingency planning
- using public transport (minimum of 3, usually a maximum of 6 sessions on outward and return journeys)
How to access the service
You can self-refer by using our travel training referral form (PDF). You can also ask a teacher or SENCo at your school, or SEN services to refer for you.
Please note that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, there may be delays in responding to referrals.
Other help with transport
London also has loads of accessible transport options to help you get around:
- Freedom Pass - lets you travel for free if you live in London and have an eligible disability
- Transport for London travel mentoring service - offers advice on planning journeys with accessible routes, and help for people with mobility scooters and aids on bus services. Mentors will even come along for your first journey.
- 18+ Oyster Card - people over 18 get 30% off travel cards, bus and tram passes
Community Help Point Scheme (CHPS)
CHPS acts as an emergency help point if you need support to travel safely.
Members display a logo in their window, so if you're a victim of bullying or crime, get lost or feel frightened, you can ask for help.
Help travelling to and from school or college if you have SEND
To find out if you're eligible for help with travel, see our travel assistance page.