Many children with a Statement or EHCP are able to walk to their school or travel independently using public transport. However, we recognise that some children will require more support and we will ensure that children and young people are assessed on an individual basis and that any decision about travel assistance is based on individual needs.
The policies explain when assistance can be provided and the different types of travel arrangements available, including the option for a Personal Travel Budget which may offer greater flexibility for children and young people who qualify and their families.
The Travel Assistance Policies for Children with SEND aged between 0 and 16 attending School and Young People aged 16-25 attending college or sixth form have recently been changed. The policies will come into effect from the start of the 2017/18 academic year. During the summer term of the 2016/17 academic year the Council will communicate with all families’ currently in receipt of travel assistance and inform them if they need to do anything and if there will be any changes to existing provision.
Please see an informative video on Independent Travel Training. To view the video please use the password: redbridge
Getting to School
To support the transition the Council has produced a "Guide for Parents to SEND Travel Assistance" to explain key aspects of the policies and how services will operate.
This parent guide sets out the arrangements for providing travel assistance to pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). It is intended as a user guide for families where travel assistance has already been applied for, assessed and agreed. If you are considering applying for SEND home to school travel assistance, while this guide will be useful, we recommend that you also read the full policy above.
To apply for Home to School/College Travel Assistance please click on the Related Links section to the right or bottom of the page.