SEND Home to school transport
Parents are responsible for ensuring their child’s attendance at school and for their child’s journey to school. There are some circumstances in which the Local Authority can assist with the cost of transport. Your child may be entitled to free transport if they can’t walk to school because of their special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or a mobility difficulty, or if the closest, appropriate school to meet your child’s needs is above the qualifying distance criteria.
The SEND Transport Entitlement Officer is responsible for:
- Providing accurate advice to parents, Headteachers, and partners about home to school transport policies and legislation
- Processing all applications for transport, for pupils with an Education Health and Care Plan, assessing pupil entitlement within transport policy.
- To manage referrals for Travel Training for those pupil aged 14 years and above.
- Responding to appeals or complaints regarding new and existing Home to School transport
Your child/young person’s transport needs will be considered on an individual basis and in accordance with Southend’s Transport Policy. To make an application for home to school transport assistance please read the following guidance Primary and Secondary School Transport Guidance Notes 2019-20 or Post 16 College and Sixth Form Transport Guidance Notes 2019-20
Home to School Transport Assistance 0-4 years
The Local Authority does not provide transport assistance for children who have not yet reached statutory school age. However, if a child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and a place at a special school, it is possible that home to school transport assistance may be available. Please note, however, that attendance at a special school alone does not entitle a child to transport assistance.
Home to School Transport 4-16 years
Parents have the right to apply for a school place at the school of their choice. The Local Authority (LA) only provides transport where the LA is unable to offer a school place within 2 miles for Primary aged pupils or 3 miles for Secondary aged pupils.
Where a child has an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCp) the most suitable school may be further than the distance criteria or the child may be in receipt of High Rate DLA for mobility. Therefore they may qualify for transport assistance. Please note that attendance at a special school does not entitle a child to transport assistance.
Additional provision is made for Secondary aged pupils of eligible low income families. Please refer to The Low Income Criteria to see if you qualify as a Low Income Household. If your child receives high rate Disability Living Allowance for mobility or enhanced rate Personal Independence Payment for mobility, you may also qualify.
Post 16 Home to School and College Transport
Southend Council operate a discretionary education transport policy for post-16 students.
Where a young person has an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) the most suitable school or college may be further than the distance criteria or the young person may be in receipt of High Rate DLA for mobility or enhanced rate Personal Independence Payment for mobility. Therefore they may qualify for transport assistance. Please note that attendance at a special school or College alone does not entitle a child to transport assistance.
If you have an Education, Health & Care plan and have been identified as needing transport support, travel assistance may continue until the age of 25 years.
Travel Training gives people with special educational needs or disabilities the confidence and skills to travel independently on buses, trains and walking routes.
Being able to travel on public transport is a key life skill. It lets you make choices about how you live, go about your daily life and fulfil your potential.
Travel Training is free for students and adults who receive the following from Southend Borough Council:
- free home to school transport
- post-16 transport
- social care transport
Southend Borough Council commission Travel Training Services from Essex County Council. Their expert team of travel trainers train students and adults on a one-to-one basis; usually on a home to school, college or day centre journey. A trainer will go with the trainee on their journey, giving encouragement and guidance until they develop the skills to travel on their own.
Parents, Carers, Social workers, School and college staff and council workers can apply for Travel Training.
Southend Borough Council residents should contact their allocated SEND Transport Entitlement Officer or Social Worker, in the first instance, to enquire or apply for Travel Training.
- Transport disclaimers
- Local Policy on naming schools
- Home to School transport application form
- Home to school transport policy
- Appeals process
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