Information for teaching professionals

Inspiring young minds

Knowing how to get from A to B is a major life skill and gives students their first taste of independence. Catching a bus alone for the first time can be a scary milestone for year sevens, but public transport know-how can help them later on in life, opening up better employment opportunities which may be further afield.

 

Class Pass

Be smart. Our new network Class Pass will take you out and about on school trips all over the West Midlands. This amazing offer gives 30 students and six adults unlimited travel from 9.00am for the rest of the day for only £63! Much cheaper than hiring coaches or buying single tickets.

The Class Pass is flexible too. It can be divided up as three separate scratch off cards to allow ten children and two adults to travel separately. Ideal for smaller class groups.

To purchase a class pass please ring the education team on 0121 214 7614

Primary schools

Letzgogreen.org is a free website aimed at primary aged pupils to teach them more about sustainable travel. It makes teaching fun by taking pupils on virtual journeys using games and activities to teach them how to use public transport and walk and cycle safely. Resources are free to use and can either be delivered by teaching professionals themselves or you can call in the Education Team. 

Secondary schools

Secondary school is a very busy time with a lot of transitions: students go from nervous year sevens to stressed-out teenagers in a blink of an eye. Our workshops aim to make journey planning one less problem to worry about, covering topics such as safety, travelling to work or an apprenticeship as well as teaching some cycle skills to get students moving.

Colleges and universities

Students are now likely to be travelling further, making it the perfect time for them to consider their travel options. For many students, public transport is the only way they can travel independently. Would you like to help your students with all their travel queries?

We are available to support and advise students and colleagues on any public transport or active travel-related queries.

Special educational needs

We have free resources which can be used in your school to deliver role play, activities, games and travel training, as well as a free interactive website. Why not check out our new video resource...

We can also offer help and support for your travel training sessions.

The following resources are available on loan:

  • Crossing patrol set
  • Bus stop signs
  • Reflective tabards for use in role play or travel training

Find out more by reading our Travel Training Manual 

Safety

It’s very unlikely that your students will encounter any problems while using public transport, but we know that safety is still a concern for many. You can help young people feel safe on public transport with the Safer Travel reporting portal. Here you’ll find lesson plans and resources to use in class as well as our Anti-social Behaviour reporting tool.

Download our resources

Safer Travel Workshop

Through a series of Dilemma Challenges, students are asked what they should do if they encounter Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) whilst using public transport, cycling or walking. In a discussion format, students will explore the potential risks and develop strategies on how to keep safe.

Download:

Workshop PDF notes

Workshop PowerPoint presentation for schools

Workshop PowerPoint presentation for colleges

Evaluation Slips

Risk assessment

Moving on up Workshop

This interactive workshop gives students the confidence to travel independently on public transport through an educational presentation and a range of engaging activities. 

Download:

Workshop PDF notes

Workshop PowerPoint presentation

Evaluation Slips

Careers Crossroads Workshop

Increase your student’s employment, further education and training opportunities by developing their ability to travel independently. By understanding how to use the wide range of transport options available to them, students develop life skills such as money management, time keeping and problem solving, all of which are impressive to a potential employer. 

Download:

Workshop PDF notes

Workshop PowerPoint presentation


Journey Planning Workshop

Basic maths and map reading skills are essential to successful navigation of the public transport network. This resource gives practical teaching resources with accompanying questions and answers. Suitable for secondary school children.

Travel Resource Manual (for trainers)

Travel Resource Package (additional teaching information)

Travel Resource Workbook (questions and answers)

 

Contact Us

For an informal chat or to book in, contact the Education Team direct.

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