Youth Travel Superheros to the Rescue!

A group of year 8 students have been taking part in the Youth Travel Ambassadors (YTA) programme which provides young people aged 11 to 19 with the skills and confidence to address transport issues affecting their school community. The year 8 YTA team led by Miss Raper and supported by a YTA representative had to choose a problem related to travelling to school and come up with a campaign of ideas to raise awareness and change student’s behavior.

They came up with this issue – The problem is students get hurt more than adults, because they run across the roads and are not aware of the dangers. Students will use their phones when crossing the road. Students are distracted when wearing headphones. They decided to aim their campaign at year 7 and up, as they are more at risk than younger students who get collected by parents.

Next, they presented their ideas and pitched for funding to support their campaign to a panel of experts including; Paul Garside from Sutton Council, Michael Kitchen, Youth Travel Ambassadors Coordinator from TFL and Mr Watkins, Principal of Carew Academy.

The team were over the moon to receive positive comments from the panel and excited to be awarded 200 to deliver their campaign ideas in school.  Since receiving their budget they have; put together “Be Safe Be Seen” goodie bags for more vulnerable students, launched a poster competition, performed a road safety play, delivered a road safety walk quiz and even composed a song about the topic. They are busy recording the track which we will publish on the website…… this space!

Miss Raper said: “I am so proud of the students for coming up with such a great and relevant problem to solve and the way they have worked together to come up with a solution and got the whole school involved is inspiring.”


Carew is an amazing school for our son, he now shines academically and his social skills are outstanding since being part of Carew.  Most of all they understand his needs and support him daily.

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