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Travel assistance

Regular attendance at school, and being on time, is important. Parents are expected to make their own arrangements to take their children to and from school, however some parents may need extra help because of the type or severity of their child’s needs.

You may be eligible for travel assistance if:

  • the child or young person is of compulsory school age and it is not reasonable for them to walk to school because of their special educational needs or mobility difficulties
  • the local authority has not offered a closer school

For more information on eligibility, see read our travel assistance policy (PDF). This aims to:

  • promote an independent approach to travel assistance
  • ensure a genuine partnership with children, young people, parents and carers, to agree suitable travel arrangements
  • identify the most cost effective travel options

Apply for further education travel assistance (PDF)

If you're not happy with the outcome of your application, you can appeal on certain grounds set out in our travel assistance appeals process (PDF).

Further education - academic year 2018/19

Young people with SEND are expected to remain within the community to access further education. If you choose to attend a college which is further from your home and the course you have selected is offered at a local college, we may not be able to provide travel assistance.

To be eligible for assistance, you must have special educational needs, a disability or mobility problem which affects your ability to walk. The distance from home to college must also be more than three miles.

Our travel assistance panel will consider your special educational needs, the distance to your chosen college and the course details. Each case is considered on an individual basis. If travel assistance is agreed, it will only be for one academic year. A new application will need to be submitted each year.

For more information, email the travel assistance team.