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Travel Assistance

Travel assistance for children with special educational needs, disabilities and mobility problems

The following eligibility criteria is applied:

  • Where the child cannot reasonably be expected to walk to school (accompanied by a parent/carer as necessary and considering the age of the child, as well as whether one would normally expect a child of that age to be accompanied) because of mobility problems or because of associated health and safety issues related to their Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Disability, we will review and assess each child on an individual basis. Usual transport requirements (E.g. the statutory walking distances) may not be considered when assessing the transport needs of children eligible due to SEN and/ or disability
  • The pupil must be attending the nearest qualifying school or a setting named on his or her Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), following formal consultation by the SEN team, rather than a setting named due to parental preference
  • Where a pre-school child with an EHCP has been placed at a nursery, special school or other specialist provision by the Council, travel assistance may be provided in the same way as for children of statutory school age but a charge will be made. The charge will follow the same charging approach set out in the Post-16 Policy’s non statutory charge

How to apply for travel assistance

All travel assistance applications are managed through a parent/carer portal account. If you do not already have a parent/carer portal account then please create one by clicking the Sign in / Register link at the top right hand side of the Travel Assistance Portal page. 

It’s quick and easy to do and gives you access to manage your travel assistance applications and track progress. If your child/young person is already in receipt of travel assistance the portal will help you manage your account and anything related to your child/young person’s travel assistance in the future.

If you need further support to create a parent/carer portal account please contact 01952 384545. (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)

The policy for travel assistance for post-16 education and training is different from that for students of compulsory school age. 
View the Travel Assistance Policies

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