Changes to Transport Policy

Changes to home to school transport policy – important information for students with SEND

In March 2019, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet agreed a series of changes to the home to school transport policy, following a comprehensive and wide-ranging public consultation held through Autumn 2018.

What is changing?

The changes which will take place from September 2019 include:

  • ending free home to school transport for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) aged over 16 (transport arrangements will still be made by the council but they will be asked for a contribution towards costs) 
  • charging for pupils with SEND (aged over 16) based on banding according to the distance travelled
  • increasing the allocation of independent travel training for eligible young people aged 16 to 18 years old

This means the council will introduce charges from September 2019 for transport for existing and new pupils.  The charges will be based on the distance from home to school, and the council will correspond directly with parents to confirm their eligibility for travel assistance and how much this will cost them.

Recently, Bucks County Council have held a number of information sessions to let parents know of all the available support options.  This information is featured in their Post-16 Transport Statement  www.buckscc.gov.uk/post16 .  This page also features responses to Frequently Asked Questions and a flowchart for bursary eligibility.