Local Offer - Transport

Transport
26 Apr 2016

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Transport

In many cases, children and young people with special educational needs will automatically get transport assistance, and in other cases we'll look at the individual circumstances.

Can I get any help to get to school?

You'll automatically get transport assistance if:

  • You live more than the walking distances stated below from the school (we use a computer aided data map system which finds the nearest available walking route to school):
    • Two miles or more if you are aged under eight
    • Three miles or more if you are aged eight or over
  • You have profound or complex needs

This only applies if you are attending the local school or special school that we have allocated. If you prefer to go to a different school that is further from home than another suitable school, your parents would normally be responsible for transport arrangements and costs.

What type of transport assistance would I get?

Depending on your needs and circumstances, the transport assistance could be:

  • Contracted taxis/minibuses
  • Free travel on school and public buses
  • Car mileage payments to parents

Our transport officer will carry out an initial assessment, considering the individual circumstances of each child/young person and getting additional advice from agencies or professionals where necessary. The officer will take account of the severity of the learning difficulty and mobility needs and determine the best match to your needs.

Should we offer you contracted transport, we'll make arrangements for a risk assessment to be carried out to assess any specialised equipment or technical assistance requirements before the first journey.

Transport needs will be reviewed in line with an annual review, as transport needs may change over time.

You/your parents can submit an application for transport via the link below if you feel that you may be eligible.

Transport

Getting to college (post-16)

You may continue to receive transport assistance if you're transferring to full time further education, if you received this as part of your statement of special educational needs. You will need to apply for this again, as it won't continue automatically.

What can I do if I can't get transport assistance?

If transport assistance isn't agreed, there is an appeal process you can follow. Contact our SEN transport officer via the details below.

To save money on transport costs, you could apply for a free bus pass from Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM).

Independent Travel Training Scheme

We offer travel training to young people with special educational needs in high schools and further education colleges in Salford. The training is designed to help young people to get more out of life by giving them the skills and confidence they need to travel independently by public transport. Training includes road safety, landmark recognition, decision making and awareness of other road users. The next stage is about learning to use public transport independently, including route planning, handling money, using timetables and being a considerate traveller.

To find out more about the training and to register, contact our SEN transport officer via the details below.

Free Bus Pass

If you attend a special school and have a statement of special educational needs or a disability, you are entitled to a free bus pass from TFGM.

What if my child can't use ordinary public transport?

Salford City Council's SEN transport officer is Rebecca Pendlebury. You can contact Rebecca on 0161 778 0402 or email TransportSEN@salford.gov.uk. Rebecca can help you complete the forms, give you more information and answer any queries you may have.

If you'd like more information, you can download Salford City Council's special educational needs transport policies below.

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Ring and Ride and Local Link may be better options:

Ring and Ride

If your child finds it difficult to use ordinary public transport, Ring and Ride provides a door-to-door accessible minibus service for people of all ages.

Local Link

Local Link is a door-to-door flexible transport service that will pick you up and take you where you want to go. They use minibuses or taxis that you share with other passengers. The services can be used by anyone and are available in certain areas. You must book your journey at least one hour in advance, but you can book all your journeys at the same time, up to a week ahead.

Travel vouchers

If your child is registered blind or has serious walking difficulties and cannot use ordinary buses, they may be able to get travel vouchers to pay for taxis and door-to-door services, like Ring and Ride and Local Link. For more information about travel vouchers, call TFGM's travel concessions department on 0161 244 1050