Secondary Schools & Further Education

Independent Train Travel training (ITTT) will provide your students (aged 11 and above) with free classroom-based workshops on Planning a Journey, Rail Safety and sustainable travel. The workshops can be followed by a free ‘Try a Train’ journey to a local destination, putting theory into practice. This programme is for young people wishing to access education, training or employment, particularly those who experience barriers to travelling independently, and can be adapted to students’ needs.

ITTT is delivered by Sussex Community Rail Partnership through the Active Access for Growth Programme run by East Sussex County Council and in partnership with Southern. The programme is available in East Sussex.

There are three programmes available

Classroom workshop or assembly

Classroom workshop or assembly

These can be adapted for different students’ needs. Topics covered will include:

  • Planning a Journey (use of rail maps, timetables, online resources, tickets, door to door travel)
  • Rail Safety (safety at stations, near railways, level crossings, personal safety when travelling, where to find help)
  • Sustainable travel (pros and cons of rail travel, sustainability, environmental benefits, carbon footprints, health benefits, lifestyle choices)

The workshop counts towards BTEC Entry Level 2 Diploma in Skills for Independence and Work.

Try a Train

Try a Train

After the workshop we encourage groups to put theory into practice with a station visit, or you may be eligible to ‘Try a Train’ for the day. This scheme offered by Southern is for disadvantaged groups or people with disabilities or access needs who wish to build their confidence when travelling by train.

A Try a Train day might include the following-

  • Introduction to the station layout including car parking, onward travel and station facilities
  • Buying a ticket including ticket office, ticket machines and smart cards.
  • Meet the local station manager
  • Try a free accompanied train trip to an interesting destination, such as a college or future place of work
Careers and transition events

Careers and transition events

We can attend your careers or transition event to promote independent sustainable travel, and choices in railway careers with train operating companies and Network Rail. Students can access information about discount Railcards, Unizone tickets, and the British Transport Police’s 61016 text service.

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