Transport help for learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Spring term renewals will be sent out shortly – the deadline to reapply is Friday 14th December

 

Pupils 16 and under

Help is available to pupils who:

  • Live in Warwickshire
  • Are in school year 11, or below
  • Have a place at their nearest qualifying school. Normally the school whose priority area they live in, unless otherwise stated by SEND Assessment and Review (SENDAR).

If they go to a mainstream school, it will also be:

  • Over two miles away for pupils under the age of 8
  • Over three miles away for pupils aged 8-16
  • Two miles away for pupils aged 8-11 who are entitled to free school meals and whose parents/carers are in receipt of the maximum level of tax credits (proof of this will need to be provided)

OR they:

  • have a route to school which is less than this distance but has been deemed unsafe to walk
  • are unable to walk this distance because of their special educational need, disability or mobility difficulties.

For those who meet these criteria, you may be offered either Direct Travel Payments (DTP), or Warwickshire County Council Transport.

Warwickshire County Council Transport

This is currently provided free of charge and may be provided as:

  • A  Direct Travel Payment (normally when no Warwickshire County Council transport exists)
  • A bus pass
  • A train pass
  • A private hire vehicle (taxi).

If you wish to apply: Home to School SEN Transport Application (SEND) (DOC, 190 KB)

Pupils aged 16-18 (from September 2018)

Help is available if you:

  • Are over school age and under 19 on the 31 August before your course begins
  • Live in Warwickshire
  • Have a maintained Education, Health and Care plan or can provide proof of learning difficulties or disabilities
  • Are attending a full time course (3 days or more per week)
  • Go to the nearest qualifying special school, sixth form or college offering the qualification/course*
  • Are unable to travel to school/college unless transport is provided
  • Have a journey of more than three miles from home to school/college. Or are unable to travel this distance because of your special educational needs and/or disabilities.
  • Pay the parental contribution towards transport.
    *(The nearest school/college that can provide education appropriate to your age, ability, and aptitude. Also taking into account any special educational needs that you have. Normally the school whose priority area you live in, unless otherwise stated by the SEND Assessment and Review team)

You won’t qualify for transport help if you are:

  • Applying for Higher Education courses for which you can apply for a mandatory grant
  • In full time work or on an equivalent training scheme.

Parental contribution for the 2018/19 Academic Year

For those who pay full rate:

  • £780 Annual
  • £290 Autumn
  • £290 Spring
  • £200 Summer
  • £97.50 Standing Order Monthly

For those who pay the reduced* rate:

  • £390 Annual
  • £145 Autumn
  • £145 Spring
  • £100 Summer
  • £48.75 Standing Order Monthly

*Students or families who receive one of the qualifying benefits listed below are considered to have a low income and will qualify for the reduced rate;

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • The Maximum Level of Working Tax Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income-related)
  • Child Tax Credit (below the relevant threshold of £16,190)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit (with an annual income of less than £7400)

Payment can be made by cheque, credit/debit card or by standing order.
Please note: Transport is provided for the start/end of the school day, however adjustments may be made in exceptional circumstances.
Transport may be provided as a:

  • Bus pass
  • Train pass
  • Private hire vehicle (taxi)

If you wish to apply: 16-18 SEN Transport Application (DOCX, 165.96 KB)

Pupils aged 19-25

You can apply for free transport help if you:

  • Live in Warwickshire
  • Are aged 19-25 when the academic year for the course starts
  • Have an Education, Health and Care plan or can provide proof of learning difficulties or disabilities
  • Are starting a new course for a higher level qualification than you have studied before
  • Are attending a full time course (3 days or more per week)
  • Are unable to travel to school/college/training without transport help
  • Have no support available from people in your household, other family members, or personal assistants.
  • Go to the nearest suitable school, college or training provider offering the qualification/course. Training providers must be funded by Warwickshire County Council.
  • Have a journey of more than three miles from home to school/college. Or are unable to travel this distance because of your special educational needs and/or disabilities (please provide proof of this with your application).
  • Attend during the normal school/college day and during term time only

We will use this information to decide whether we can provide you with free transport help.
If you do not qualify for free transport, you or your parent/carer will need to arrange your own transport. There is no option to pay for transport in this case.
You may be able to get transport help through this scheme under the previous policy, if you are:

  • continuing a course
  • and paid contributions in the last academic year.

If you wish to apply:

Independent Travel Training

Free travel training is available for students:

More information and how to sign up: National Star Lift training

Travel help outside of school or college

You may qualify for concessionary travel and Blue Badges.

Transport help for learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) was last updated on November 13, 2018.


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