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Independent Travel Training

What is independent travel training?

Travel training supports children, young people and adults to get more out of life through learning the skills and building confidence to use public transport safely.

Why learn travel skills?

Travel training helps to develop a range of practical and social skills in a hands-on setting.  The ability to travel independently will improve opportunities for education, recreation, employment, leisure and social activities.

What will you learn?

By taking part in independent travel training activities you will learn:

  • routes and landmarks
  • personal safety
  • road and pavement skills
  • how to use a bus
  • how to use the train
  • how to use a taxi
  • how to buy tickets
  • to recognise and avoid dangerous situations
  • what to do in an emergency

Who will teach these skills?

Travel training is delivered by Dorin Park School on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Travel training sessions are provided by specialist travel trainers who are accreditedby the Open College Network (OCN) and have clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - enhanced check. A risk assessment is completed for each route that is undertaken.

Training sessions include:

  • Public Transport Safety Awareness
  • Individual Student Assessment
  • What to do when things don't go to plan
  • Pedestrian Safety Awareness
  • Road Safety Awareness
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Risk Assessment

What can parents/carers do?

  • Talk to the school/college/day service
  • Work with the Trainer
  • Give permission for the trainee to start the practical journey. You will be kept informed at each stage and will be part of the signing off process after the training
  • Encourage and practice skills with the trainee.

Who to contact

0300 123 7039

Where to go

Cheshire West & Chester Council, 58
4 Civic Way
Ellesmere Port
CH65 0BE

Time / Date Details

Session Information
Office Opening times: Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Other Details


Areas Covered
All Areas Of Cheshire West And Chester
Referral Details

Who can have travel training?

Travel training is available to anyone who is eligible for travel assistance from home to School or College. This may include children and young people with a statement of special educational needs, or an Education, Health and Care Plan.

To complete a referral form please click here

Referral criteria
Referral criteria
Self Referral
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