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Under 16 Home to School Travel

On this page you will find information on travel assistance for children and young people up to the age of 16.

Home to School Transport Policy

Nottinghamshire County Council has a transport policy for under 16 home to school transport, which include arrangements for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

Eligibility for Travel Assistance

Most children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) do not have a special transport need. Wherever possible and appropriate, children and young people with SEND should be treated in the same way as those without, i.e. in general they should walk to school/college, travel on public transport or be taken by their parents/carers.

Travel assistance may be available for a child or young person living in Nottinghamshire if they are assessed as being eligible. Special needs travel assistance eligibility is determined by officers of Nottinghamshire Transport and Travel Services (TTS), based upon medical advice and other evidence as required.

A special transport need would be where the child or young person:

  • Lives within walking distance of the school/college but cannot walk or travel to school even if accompanied by a parent/carer
  • Is unable to use public transport when accompanied

For further information you can read Nottinghamshire County Council's guide on home to school transport for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities or by clicking on the icon below:

Travel Assistance

Applying for Special Needs Travel Assistance

Applications are assessed by officers of Nottinghamshire Transport and Travel Services Group. The quickest way to apply is either to:

For further information you can read Nottinghamshire County Council's guide on home to school transport for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

If you need any help making your application, please contact the Customer Services Team.

Travel Assistance Options

If travel assistance is approved, this will normally take the form of one of the following:

    • Provision of a Direct Travel Assistance Payment (DTAP)
    • Parental mileage allowance
    • A bus or train pass
    • Provision of special/medical transport

Review of Travel Assistance and Re-applying

All arrangements for children and young people assessed as eligible for travel assistance will be kept under review as over time your child’s needs may change. For example, some children and young people may develop skills which will enable them to travel independently.

If you are Under 16 you do not need to re-apply every year for SEN travel assistance, unless changing school. 

COVID-19 Temporary Arrangements for SEND Transport

As more children and young people return to school and college in September, Nottinghamshire County Council have implemented new procedures and arrangements for education transport and travel.

The new procedures and arrangements consider the current guidance from government in respect of travel and education. We will continue to assess government guidance as it is issued and amend our own guidance and procedures as required.

We have assessed over the summer all transport that is operating for September in conjunction with the operator and education establishments to ensure that we are taking appropriate precautions to minimise the risk to both the young people travelling and the staff on the transport.

For details on the measures being taken and advice for parents/carers you can find out more on Nottinghamshire County Council's website.

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