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.
Our elected Junior Travel Ambassadors for this academic year are:
The scheme is offered to the children in our Year Five class. Ms. Revell meets with the classes 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. Children are then asked to complete 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 meet together with Ms Revell to make their selection.
Our selected Junior Travel Ambassadors are actively involved in planning the different ways in which safer, active and independent travel can be encouraged and supported across the school. Their work includes leading on and running projects, 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 more.
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 a special meeting 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.
This is the first year that we have implement the JTAs at Lonesome and we have a very eager team, who have lots of ideas. Some of the ideas that the children would like to roll out this year include: Be Bright, Be Seen, ‘blinging up’ your scooter, balance bike training and enforcing parking restrictions with the local Police Support Officer. All of these important campaigns will help us to achieve our aim of being accredited with the ‘Bronze Award’ this year.
The children take part in an annual ‘Debra the Zebra’ competition, designing posters for Merton’s safer travel calendar. We are hoping that some of our children have the opportunity to have their work published in the next calendar – watch this space!