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Special Educational Needs Transport for Pupils

Special Educational Needs Transport for Pupils

Whilst parents have ultimate responsibility to ensure that their children attend school, Newcastle City Council have a statutory duty to make travel arrangements to support them where children and young people aged 5 to 16 where:

  • The young person is accessing a specialist educational setting that has been agreed by the Local Authority as the closest setting to meet the young person’s needs.
  • The young person has a physical disability that would prevent him/her from making the usual type of accompanied journey
  • The young person has a disability leading to significant social and/or emotional immaturity such that their behaviour leaves them extremely vulnerable in social settings, that would prevent him/her from making the usual type of accompanied journey.

We also provide discretionary travel support for:

The support could be provided in one of the following ways:

  • Personal Travel Budget (PTB)
  • A travel permit for public transport
  • Transport to and from school in a mini-bus, people carrier or taxi. All vehicles will have the necessary adaptations for the specific needs of the child.

The team that delivers this service is called the SEND travel support team. 

More information about SEND travel support can be found below:

Information about home to school travel support for pupils with Special Educational Needs Disability (SEND) or a medical need

The Parent Carer Special Educational Needs Disability (SEND) Home to School Travel Support Parent and Carer's Handbook

The Newcastle City Council SEND travel support guidance and assessment of risk information for Covid-19