Your child may be eligible to receive travel assistance if they are 16 years old or under and have an education, health and care (EHC) plan.
Travel Co-ordination Unit (TCU)
The TCU is responsible for travel solutions between home and school for children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND).
The TCU will aim to increase choice and better meet the diverse needs of the county’s pupils with SEND. It will do this by offering a broader, more flexible, range of assistance options, and promote independent travel wherever possible so that young people are able to lead independent lives.
Who this applies to
This new process will only apply to children 16 years old or under who are issued with an education health and care (EHC) plan. Applying through the TCU is the only way for travel assistance applications to be considered. Once applications are received, the TCU will then be responsible for reviewing and processing them together with any checks that are required.
Below are some of the criteria which may mean your child is eligible for assistance:
- They have an EHC plan.
- The school named in the EHC plan of your child or young person is the nearest suitable school, as determined by the Local Authority.
- The school your child or young person attends is beyond the statutory walking distance.
- The child or young person has a physical or learning disability, such that they are unable to walk to school.
- Either you or your partner are disabled, such that you are unable to accompany your child to school.
For more details, please read our
Home to school education transport policy (PDF 233KB).
Applying for travel assistance
Apply for travel assistance with an EHC plan
We will look at the information you provide and make a decision on what support is necessary. We may need to call or visit you if we need more information.
If a pupil has special educational needs and attends a post-16 setting you will need to apply for
post-16 travel assistance.
Changes to current travel assistance with an EHC plan
A change in home address
Tell us of a change in your home address if the child is currently getting travel assistance.
Submit your change of home address
You must also make sure that the EHC team has been notified of this change of address so that the EHC plan is updated.
A change in circumstance that affects your travel assistance
Tell us of a change in circumstance that affects your existing travel assistance.
Submit your change of circumstance