The Junior Travel Ambassador (JTA) scheme is a national initiative that encourages peer-to-peer engagement and is used to promote safer, active and independent travel within the school community. It’s a fun and engaging way to spread important messages and build skills for life. The JTA scheme aims to take a more direct approach to promoting independent travel, particularly for the children in Years 5 and 6 who may now be travelling to and from school independently. This includes running projects, leading assemblies, organising workshops and competitions to share ideas on travel planning and learning how to use Transport for London’s Journey Planner. There are a number of themes that the children explore each half term such as learning about the green cross code, ‘belt up’ – travelling in cars, cycling safety and much more.
Junior Travel Ambassadors
The role of a JTA is to encourage a greener approach to transport. We are responsible for promoting active travel like walking, cycling or scooting and supporting alternative methods of travel to the car wherever possible. We want to see more of our friends and fellow pupils walking to school. Fewer cars making the journey to and from school means less congestion and improved air quality around our school. Not only does this make for a safer and healthier environment for everyone in our school community but pupils are more energetic and better prepared to participate throughout the school day. Another big concern for us, is safety on the road and we will be seeking to raise awareness of road safety and improving the safety on the roads outside our school. Alongside Miss. Kersey we will be conducting surveys, giving talks, running competitions, projects and schemes.
The Junior Travel Ambassador Aims
The aims of the Junior Travel Ambassadors are:
- To encourage our friends and fellow pupils to walk to school
- To raise awareness of road safety
- To suggest new ways to make the area around the school safe for everyone
- To promote independent travel to our Year 6 pupils and show them how to use the TFL Journey Planner so they are ready for their journey to secondary school.
Please look out for our notice board in school to find out about our latest initiatives and competitions.