Junior Travel Ambassadors
Specifically aimed at Year 6 pupils, and their parents, as they prepare to start secondary school and begin travelling by themselves for the first time, the JTA scheme aims to take a more direct approach to promoting independent travel. This includes running projects and schemes to share ideas on travel planning and learning how to use TfL's Journey Planner.
Each JTA will receive their own badge at the start of their role and a certificate of participation once they have finished. You can download information and guidance about the role below.
Further information about this resource will be provided to your school in due course. In the meantime if you have any queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your local council School Travel or Road Safety Officer.
The role of a JTA
A JTA is responsible for promoting active travel, walking, cycling or scooting, and road safety. As teams within their school community they also promote independent travel to their peers as they prepare for the transition from primary to secondary school.
As part of the promotion, JTAs could consider running the following:
- Carrying out assemblies
- Conducting surveys and classroom talks
- Classroom talks
- Helping to complete the school travel plan
- Learning how to use our Journey Planner
- Running competitions
Each JTA will receive their own badge at the start of their term of office and certificate of participation once they have finished.
How a pupil becomes a JTA
If there are pupils interested, it is up to the school itself to choose how they select their JTAs: this could be done through an election or interview process.
This will not involve a lot of extra work for teachers. The majority of the work is conducted by the JTAs themselves.
Your school must fully support the idea of running a JTA scheme and allocate a school guide - either a teacher or learning assistant - to oversee the JTA's; ensuring that they are coming up with reasonable and achievable projects and schemes and offering guidance to them on key messaging and helping them to achieve their objectives.
Remember that your borough officer will be available to offer support to the school guide.