The Junior Travel Ambassador

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.

The scheme is offered to the children in our Year five class. Mrs Hart met with the class at the beginning of the year to explain what the role involves and to share the job description outlining what is expected from all of our JTA's. All children completed application forms for the role noting their interests, strengths and why they feel that they would be a suitable candidate. Our Head Boy/Girl team and their deputies then met with Mrs Bull and the members of the Senior Management Team to make their selection.

We work in partnership with Merton's Road Safety Officer, Charmaine Jacques. Once the candidates have been nominated and selected she is then invited to attend our awards assembly where the successful children are presented with their JTA badges and information packs. She then meets with the newly appointed team to discuss projects that they can begin working on.

So far this academic year the children have led two whole school assemblies, educating the school on the importance of 'being safe and being seen' during the darker winter months. They have devised a competition for the children; to design and create their own reflective slap bands or high visibility jackets. They also organised two separate interactive workshops for the children in Key Stage One/Two during road safety week.

In January the JTA’s will be involved with the 'Walk once a Week' (WoW) scheme. The Walk to School campaign’s aim is simple: to encourage all parents, children and young people to make walking to school part of their daily routine. Our vision is that every child who can walk to school does so. Today, it helps over 300,000 children get walking across the UK, and independent evaluation has shown WoW to increase the proportion of children walking by 39%. Each class records their daily journey on the wallcharts and at the end of each month every child that has walked at least once each week, is rewarded with a collectable WoW badge. The JTA’s will collect information from our classes each week and analyse the impact of our new scheme.