Junior Travel Ambassadors
This is specifically aimed at year six pupils (and their parents) who are starting to think about travelling to their new secondary schools, in many cases for the first time on their own. The JTA scheme aims to take a more direct approach in promoting independent travel.
Each year over 2,000 JTAs from more than 600 schools deliver thousands of activities in London. This includes running projects and schemes to share ideas on travelling planning and leaning how to use TfL's Journey Planner.
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 TfL Go app and 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.