Parent and carer resources

Parents and carers are so important in helping to make travel training a success!

Here are some quick and easy things you can do to help:

  • Put aside some time, whenever it works best for you, to talk through elements of the training. You can do this in short bite-sized chunks using our helpful factsheets. You'll find these in the training section below.
  • Practise planning journeys together
  • Practise taking simple journeys together whenever you can (such as a trip to the park or shops)
  • Agree a plan and a set a reminder to keep on track for success

We've designed these resources to support you. They'll give you ideas to encourage your son or daughter to improve on existing knowledge or prepare for further training from the TITAN team.

You can also use them individually to work on skills you may feel will benefit your son or daughter, or use them all together in the recommended order.

Learning to become more independent can be an anxious time, so cover as much as you feel comfortable with.

Don’t try and cover everything all in one go. Break each factsheet down in way that works for your son or daughter and you. Remember, small steps make big changes!

Good luck and please get in touch to let us know how you are getting on, or to get more information, via email at

Help to support your child's travel training

Most of us use pedestrian skills on a regular basis. Your own good practice will help start to embed good skills for your son or daughter. Brush up on your own skills and practice together as much as you can.

Download the pedestrian skills factsheet

Every day you communicate with your son or daughter in different ways. This is an ideal way to embed skills that will be useful when traveling independently.

Focus on how you want to communicate when they are independent and how often.

Download the communications skills factsheet

It's important to develop your son or daughter's awareness of their personal safety, health and wellbeing. This will prepare them for independent travel.

The more you discuss and rehearse scenarios with them, the more confident they'll be in managing their anxiety and ability to be a safe traveller.

Download the personal safety, health and wellbeing factsheet

The ability to solve problems is an important life skill for young people. You can help your son or daughter develop these skills by using them at home.

Practise simple problems that happen in everyday life, then talk about what problems might arise when travelling. This way they're ready for any challenge!

Download the problem solving factsheet

We've provided some advice for you on how to develop your son or daughter's journey planning skills. This is in preparation for them travelling independently to a new school or post-16 education establishment. Talk through the different elements and take time to practice whenever possible.

Download the journey planning skills factsheet

Every journey you take with your son or daughter is an opportunity to embed independent travel skills.

Use journeys to practise all kinds of skills, from planning to learning landmarks. Also, taking time to regularly practice part or all of their new journey will help embed their independent travel skills. Remember, small steps make big changes!

Download the journey practice skills factsheet