Recycling and rubbish collection days are also changing for some households in Mendip and South Somerset. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

Description

Who it is for

Independent Travel Training is available for students aged 14 and over with a special educational need or disability (SEND) who require assistance to travel independently to an educational establishment, resource base or work placement.

How students are referred

  • SEND students applying for travel assistance to Further Education establishments will be assessed by the SEN Transport Officer and referred where necessary
  • By Special Schools – the Travel Trainers work with groups of year 9, 10 & 11 students in Special Schools
  • Requests from others such as school, social worker, SEN Casework Team, parent or carer

How it works

  • Once referred a Travel Trainer will be in contact
  • An initial meeting will be arranged with the student – this meeting can also be with the student’s parent or carer and school
  • An initial assessment of suitability will be made and an explanation of training will be given
  • The Travel Trainer will discuss any concerns with parent or carer
  • Travel Trainer identifies and travels the walking route to the bus stop and bus journey
  • Travel Trainer looks out for anything that may crop up on the journey or any landmarks to look out for when pressing the ‘stop’ bell
  • Training is designed to make the student comfortable and reduce anxiety
  • The Travel Trainer will travel with the student to begin with
  • Training covers how to stop a bus, how to ask for a ticket, where to sit, how to behave on the bus and how to solve any problems (e.g. late bus or missing a stop)
  • Once student is more confident the training will be through shadowing
  • Student is met at the bus stop but does the journey alone – they are met again at the other end
  • Eventually they will travel alone but are shadowed without their knowledge
  • Once they are travelling completely independently regular contact is kept up for a short period to check they are ok and see if they have encountered any problems

The options once training is complete

All bus operators offer a range of daily tickets and most can offer various types of season tickets at a discounted rate.

For further information please contact Debbie Reed debbie.reed@somerset.gov.uk

Type of provision

Targeted - This is for people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families

Centre information

Accessibility and adjustments

Wheelchair access No

Location

Address County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY

Is this information correct?

Update record

If you would like to update the information on your record please use the form below.

Update