The EHC plan (Education, Health and Social Care) came into force in September 2014 as part of the Children and Families Act. They have replaced 'Statements of Education'. It has joined education, health and social care services to plan services together by law - so when their children are assessed, parents will be assured they will get full provision to address their children’s needs. Not all children and young people will require and EHC Plan. There is now SEN Support in place in all schools to ensure that children who do not meet the criteria for an EHC plan, will still have the right to have their individual needs met.
Where can i get more information, help and support with travel assistance?
Please refer to the panel on the right for contact details of the Bexley Local Authority teams. Please refer to the information below to find out about the help and support you can get about travel assistance.
My application has been refused, what are my options?
If your child/young person's travel assistance application has been refused, you may wish to consider appealing the decision. You can get help to do this - please refer to the panel on the right.
How do i apply for the first time and if i already receive it, do i need to re-apply?
Everyone must complete a Travel Assistance Application form, this can be completed and submitted on-line. As part of the application process we require applicants to agree to a simple ‘Code of Conduct’ which explains what you, the council, and its travel assistance providers can reasonably expect in terms of roles and responsibilities and service & behaviour standards.Before applying you are encouraged to read the Council’s age 5-16 and the Post 16 Travel Assistance Policies to understand the eligibility criteria that will be applied, and if approved what different forms of travel may be offered.Click here to view the transport policies (right side lower panel) and refer to the panel on the right to apply.
Is my child/young person eligible for travel assistance to school/college?
There is no guarantee that a child with special educational needs, an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP), who has a disability or who has mobility problems will receive support with travel to School/College from Bexley Council. All children will be assessed in accordance with the Council’s Travel Assistance Policies on a case by case basis, based on their individual needs and circumstances to establish if support is required to enable access to education, or if existing support/networks exist with reasonable travel options available. Where reasonable travel options/support are in existence then the Council will not provide additional support with travel arrangements.Bexley Council presently provides travel assistance to 35% of children living in Bexley who have a finalised Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and who attend the nearest suitable school to their home address that meets their educational needs. PLEASE NOTE – Where parents/carers have chosen a School that is different from the School identified by the Council as the nearest School that can meet the child’s educational needs then parents will be responsible for making travel arrangements without support from the Council. To determine whether a child/young person is eligible for support from the Council with their travel to and from School then the Council will use the appropriate polices and eligibility criteria.