Decision Maker: Assistant Director Partnerships, Early Intervention and Localities
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Independent Travel Training (ITT) posts
were re-evaluated to better reflect the nature of the role which
includes lone working and the delivery of bespoke training packages
to provide children and young people with Special Educational Needs
and Disabilities (SEND) the skills and confidence required to make
an independent journey from home to school or college. The increase
from a grade 3 to grade 5 will also support recruitment and
retention to the roles.
The Travel Assistance Service budget is projected to be overspent by £316k for Q1. £236k of the overspend is due to the cost of contracted transport. By creating 2 additional travel trainer posts, on average, an additional ten students will be travel trained per year and this will
contribute towards reducing the increasing cost by reducing reliance on taxi and other forms of contracted transport and assist in the reduction of costs within the wider Travel Assistance Service.
There is an increasing need for the service as indicated through the SEND placement panel referrals.
To increase the number of Travel Trainers from
3 to 5 (for a 3-year period) and increase all Travel Trainer posts
from Grade 3 to Grade 5.
To increase the current staff from a Grade 3 to a Grade 5 will cost an additional £1,700.00 pa. The cost of 2 additional Travel Trainers will be approximately £24,800.00 pa. for 3 years. Travel Trainers will be employed on a 20 hour per week, term time contract.
ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND
To maintain the current level of 3 trainers, this would not be sufficient to meet need and make further savings.
Increase current Term Time Only contracts to Term Time plus 4 weeks to allow for some initial training of students over the summer holidays for the next academic term. This has been considered and may be a further option depending on future volumes of referrals.
Publication date: 09/11/2023
Date of decision: 06/09/2023