Independent travel training

Independent travel training

About this activity

Suitable for primary and secondary school pupils. Supports the PSHE and Citizenship National Curriculum.

NB: We’re bringing together all the TfL education programmes, including STARS, under one exciting new umbrella programme called TfL Travel for Life. They will be the same great programmes, but with a new name and a new look, easier online process and dedicated support team. STARS for primary schools will be renamed TfL Explorers. STARS for secondary schools will be renamed TfL Pioneers.

Supervised travel training provides tailored and practical help for pupils to travel by public transport, on foot, scooter or by bicycle (Bikeability Training). It can help increase confidence and independence and allow pupils to participate more easily in social and leisure activities as well as travel to school. The length of the programme is dependent on the individual pupil or group and can range from weeks to years.

If you would like to set up an independent travel programme for one or more of your pupils, talk to your borough officer about local organisations with whom you can work in partnership. These may include local authority social services or transport departments and voluntary organisations.

Activity steps

Start planning
Think carefully about your pupils’ individual needs when planning a programme and consult with other staff and your borough officer.
Parental support
Discuss and agree the travel training programme with parents
Work with pupils to study the route to and from home and assess their road safety
Parent power
Share strategies with parents and encourage them to continue with the programme at weekends and during the holidays
Celebrate success
Celebrate the progress pupils make and, if needed, run refresher sessions to support them in making different journeys
Tell your story
Sign in to TfL Travel for Life to add your story and include pupils’ feedback. Explain the activity and add photos and any posters or promotional materials. Feedback to your borough officer


  • Independent travel

This activity counts towards:

  • Travel activity

How it helps

  • Supports the PSHE National Curriculum
  • Offers social and emotional development
  • Encourages safe independent decision making
  • Encourages independent travel