Travel assistance

Some children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities may require help to get to the school that is right for them. This may be because the school is too far away or because they are not able to get to the school safely by themselves.

Under the terms of the 1996 Education Act, the council is required to provide assistance with travel to what the act terms 'eligible children'.

In relation to special educational needs and disability, the Act defines an eligible child as one of statutory school age (between five and 16) who has a special educational need or disability which means that they cannot reasonably be expected to walk to school because of their mobility problems or because of associated health and safety issues related to their special educational needs (SEN) or disability. However, in Sandwell, we will provide assistance with transport to children with SEND from the start of their Reception year in school.

For eligible children assistance with travel can take a number of forms:

  • a travel pass for the child or young person and an accompanying adult
  • reimbursement of mileage costs to a parent / carer who transports the child or young person
  • provision of a place in a vehicle which will transport the child or young person to school.


For more details, here is Sandwell's SEND travel assistance policy.

The Integrated Passenger Transport Unit has also produced a Parent / Carer / Adult Guide re transport for children and young people with SEND

The council will not provide assistance with travel for children before they enter their Reception year or for students aged 16 or over who are attending a further education college or an independent specialist provider

Other sources of support for assistance with travel for students aged 16-19 can be found in the Transport policy statement for students 16 - 19

Apply for help

All applications for travel assistance must come through your child's school. Please contact them for help with the application process. Once the application has been made the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Service determines who, based on the policy and the application form, is eligible for travel assistance.

Here is a flowchart which shows the process for applying for travel assistance.

This is the Government's statutory guidance regarding home to school travel and transport.