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Parents and carers are responsible for ensuring their child attends school. This may include making or assisting with travel arrangements to and from school and/or accompanying their child.

Not all children and young people with an EHC Plan will need or receive travel assistance from the Council, and the completion of an EHC Plan does not confer an automatic entitlement to the provision of travel assistance by the Council.

On this page parents and carers can find out whether their child is eligible for travel assistance and how to apply, as well as general information about the Council’s travel assistant offer.

To be eligible, a child or young person must:

  • be aged 5–16 (compulsory school age)
  • go to their nearest qualifying school (a school with places available that provides education appropriate to the age, ability and aptitude of the child, and any special educational needs that the child may have)
  • live further than the statutory walking distance from their school.
The statutory walking distance is:
  • up to two miles for a child aged 7 or under
  • up to three miles for a child aged 8–16.
Factors taken into consideration when assessing for eligibility of travel assistance are whether:
  • a child or young person can walk safely to school if they are accompanied
  • parents/carers disability /needs which prohibits them from accompany their child to school
If parents/carers believe their child meets the eligibility criteria, they can apply for travel assistance by completing the online application form on the council’s website

If travel assistance is agreed, the Council will decide what assistance will be provided. This decision will be based on the identified needs of the individual child/young person and will take account of the Council’s duties to make the best use of its resources.

Wherever possible, in the provision of travel assistance, the Council will consider travel options that lead to independence and life skills.

For further details and criteria regarding travel assistance care available on the Bexley’s Travel Assistance Policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Simply click on the questions below to see the answers:

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    How do I apply for Travel Assistance? (TRAN-PAGES-0718-A001)

    The Travel Assistance Application form for the 2018/19 academic year IS NOW CLOSED.

    If the child/young person is new to Bexley, just had their placement confirmed or missed the deadline please contact the Travel Assistance Commissioning Team for an application form by emailing: tact@bexley.gov.uk  Your application will be considered and processed but there is unfortunately no guarantee that travel assistance can be arranged for September should your application be successful.
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    A new way to travel to school - Personal Travel Assistance Budgets (T-TRAV-0618-A001)

    What is a Personal Travel Assistance Budget?

     

    A personal travel assistance budget (PTAB) is a sum of money provided to parents/carers of children with special educational needs or disabilities who are eligible for travel assistance.

     

    A PTAB allows parents/carers to arrange personalised, flexible travel arrangements that suit the needs of their child and family.

     

    Parents/carers can use their budget in any way that they wish to ensure that their child attends school regularly and arrives and leaves on time. A PTAB can be refused or withdrawn if these conditions are not met.

     

    The sum provided will be based on the distance travelled from home to school and their child/young person’s individual needs.

     

    To be eligible to receive a PTAB the child/young person must meet the London Borough of Bexley’s Travel Assistance Policy criteria. The PTAB is granted at the discretion of the council. It is not automatically granted upon request.

     

    To find out more information, please click here.

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    Contacts and Further Information (T-GI-0518-A001)

    Travel Assistance Commissioning Team (TACT)

    For further information about the travel assistance application, assessment and appeals process,

    email TACT: tact@bexley.gov.uk or write to TACT: Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath DA6 7AT

    or call 020 3045 4321 and ask for TACT.


    Bexley Integrated Transport Service (BITU)

    Once travel assistance has been agreed any concerns regarding the provision of the service should be made to BITU email: bitu@bexley.gov.uk or write to BITU: Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath DA6 7AT or call 020 8303 7777 and ask for BITU.


    Bexley Accessible Transport Scheme (BATS)

     

    Parents/carers of pupils who are not eligible for travel assistance from the Council but would like their child to be travel trained, can make enquiries to BATS by calling: 013 2231 1333 or by visiting www.bexleyct.co.uk.

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    Travel Assistance Frequently Asked Questions - Eligibility Criteria (T-TP-0518-A001)

    Eligibility Criteria

     

    The London Borough of Bexley can provide travel assistance for pupils aged 5 - 16 with special educational needs and disabilities who meet the eligibility criteria to enable them to access educational provision agreed by the Council.

     

    To be eligible, a child or young person must:

     

    • Be aged 5–16 (compulsory school age). 
    • Go to their nearest qualifying school (a school with places available that provides education appropriate to the age, ability and aptitude of the child, and any special educational needs that the child may have). 
    • Live further than the statutory walking distance from their school.

     

    The statutory walking distance is:

     

    • Up to two miles for a child aged 7 or under
    • Up to three miles for a child aged 8–16.

     

    What if my child is not of statutory school age?

    As there is no statutory duty to provide free travel assistance for children under 5 or young people beyond the completion of Year 11 (age 16) up to the age of 25, parents/carers of children under 5 are expected to make suitable
    arrangements to get their child to school unless there are exceptional circumstances which stop them from doing so.

    Post 16 pupils are expected to access education without the need for travel assistance from the council as they are entitled to a free/subsidised travel pass from Transport For London (TFL) and access to the 16-19 Bursary Fund. Where there is a need to provide assistance the council has discretionary powers to do so if the young person
    meets the eligibility criteria.

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    Travel Assistance Frequently Asked Questions - Application and Assessment Process (T-TP-0518-A002)

    Application and Assessment Process

     

    How do I apply?

     

    The Travel Assistance Application form for the 2018/19 academic year IS NOW CLOSED.

    If the child/young person is new to Bexley, just had their placement confirmed or missed the deadline please contact the Travel Assistance Commissioning Team for an application form by emailing: tact@bexley.gov.uk  Your application will be considered and processed but there is unfortunately no guarantee that travel assistance can be arranged for September should your application be successful.

     

    Why do I need to apply each year?

     

    Application forms are required annually to provide the opportunity to modify any changes to their child’s eligibility to travel assistance and the form for assistance they
    receive. Any changes in needs, home address and school may affect travel assistance. Furthermore, the child may be reaching an age where criteria changes.

     

    Can we receive travel assistance without completing the online application form?

     

    No, it is a requirement to complete the online form annually and agree to comply with the Code of Conduct.

     

    What type of travel assistance will be provided?

     

    If travel assistance is agreed, the Council will decide what assistance will be provided. This decision will be made by an assessment panel based on the identified needs of the individual child and will take account the Council’s duties to make the best use of its resources. Wherever possible the Council will provide assistance which encourages independent travel.

     

    The Council provides travel assistance in multiple forms:

     

    • Travel Pass (to enable a parent/carer to accompany their child)
    • Independent Travel Training (ITT)
    • Personal Travel Assistance Budget (PTAB)
    • Pick-up point (PUP)
    • Shared/individual transport


    When is travel assistance not provided?

     

    Travel assistance will not be provided for journeys to:

     

    • Work experience placements.
    • Hospital appointments.
    • In the event of sickness where a child has to be collected from school.
    • To extended school provision - which is not part of the national curriculum.
    • If a child attends a school which is not the nearest appropriate school to their home, and where the Council considers that there is a suitable school nearer to the pupils home, travel assistance will not be provided.

     

    What is the application assessment process?

     

    The application assessment is the process after the travel assistance application forms are received by the Council. All applications will be assessed by a panel.
    This stage will include the evaluation of written evidence and family circumstances. This may include consultation with the place of learning/caseworkers and any other relevant specialists. It is possible at this stage that the application may be declined and a response will be sent to the parent/carer.

     

    Why are you asking about our car and mobility allowances?

    These are now standard questions and give an indication of the level of need that the child has. The application assessment panel will need to understand why families are unable to transport their own children to school and as stated on the application form, the provision of travel assistance by the Council will be based on individual needs and circumstances and with regard to the efficient use of resources.

     

    Why are you asking about parent’s medical needs or disability?

     

    Travel assistance can also be offered to children without special educational needs if their parents have significant disabilities and do not receive mobility allowance. The online application form can be used by parents/carers in this situation to apply for travel assistance as well. This question may also be relevant to parents/carers whose children do not meet the eligibility criteria but believe they have an exceptional case.

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    Travel Assistance Frequently Asked Questions - Appeals (T-TP-0518-A003)

    Appeals

     

    Can I appeal against the decision for travel assistance?

     

    If an application for travel assistance is not approve by the Council, or the parent/carer or student disagrees with the type of assistance being offered, they have a right of appeal.

     

    How do I appeal?

     

    An appeal form must be completed. An appeal form can be requested by emailing the appeals inbox at transport.appeals@bexley.gov.uk or by visiting the Bexley

    Local offer website at www.bexleylocaloffer.uk.

     

    How long do I have to appeal?

     

    An appeals form must be completed and returned within 20 working days of the dated decision letter being received by the parent/carer.

     

    Where can I find out more about the appeals process?

     

    To find out more about the appeals process, please contact TACT or email the appeals inbox at transport.appeals@bexley.gov.uk.

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    Types of Travel Assistance (T-TP-0518-A004)

    This document aims to provide you with all the information you need about the types of travel assistance that the London Borough of Bexley provide and what that might mean for you.

     

    Please click here to access the document.

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    Where can I find the Travel Assistance Policies for the London Borough of Bexley? (T-TP-0518-A005)

    The policies can be found by following the links below.

     

    For Post-16 please click here and for Statutory School Age children please click here.

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    SEN Travel Assistance Code of conduct (T-TP-0517-A002)

    We know that most young people behave well on school transport, but occasionally the behaviour of a few can make the journey unpleasant for everyone, and can sometimes endanger others. We have a code of conduct because we want everyone to stay safe and travel in comfort.
     
    To view our code of conduct please click here
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    Travel assistance - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) statutory guidance (T-GI-1215-A001)

    Statutory guidance for local authorities on sustainable school travel, and school travel arrangements for children and young people.  For more information please click here
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    Where can I find the appeal form? (T-GI-1015-A006)

    If you have applied for school travel assistance and have received a formal refusal of this or you disagree with the type of travel assistance offered and wish to appeal against the decision, please complete and return this form either by email or by post.

     

    Click here to access the Appeal Form.

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