Commissioning Independent Travel Training

We work with Local Authorities to provide Independent Travel Training programmes that improve outcomes for young people with Special Educational Needs at the same time as reducing the need for costly specialist transport.

Travelling independently

Independent Travel Training

Independent Travel Training is a tried and tested method for enabling young people with Special Educational Needs to travel independently on public transport on the home-to-school journey.

Local Authorities are currently required by law to provide private transport to school for SEN children, usually via specialist minibuses or taxis. On average, this already costs Local Authorities about £6,000 per SEN child per year – which equates to a total cost of about £500m per year across the UK. And with an increasing number of children being classed as SEN, this cost is rising. In addition, this costly specialist transport creates a dependency that can be actively disabling for young people.  

Great outcomes for young people, significant savings for commissioners

Travel Training is a proven method for enabling children and young people with SEN to travel independently on public transport, removing the need for Local Authorities to provide costly specialist transport. Independent travel also has a very positive effect on the young person's overall independence, opportununity to progress to further education or employment and to have a better social life. The challenge for under-pressure Local Authorities has been to invest in the level and scale of Travel Training required to make a real difference. 

Working with HCT Group

HCT Group is currently working with a number of Commissioners, providing travel training programmes. We are also able to offer the service on a payment by results model – more details are here.  

If your Local Authority would like to find out more about outcomes-based, payment by results travel training, then we would be happy to hear from you. Contact our Travel Training Team on Amandaanderson@hctgroup.org or call 020 7608 8962.