Will my child get transport to school? 

Parents and carers have the responsibility to make sure that children attend school and this includes the necessary travel arrangements. However, independent travel is not always an option for some children and transport has to be provided. Children are assessed on their own merit, according to their particular needs and in relation to the authority's transport policy. If a child meets criteria for having transport provided, the Local Authority arranges this. Various different modes of transport are used, including hackney cabs, minibuses, people carriers and taxis. Passenger assistants are provided on some vehicles if needed, however, some children do travel without them. The transport may be to and from an arranged pick-up point and school and not necessarily directly from the home address and school.

What are the criteria for transport?

A pupil with special educational needs will not automatically be eligible for a bus pass or arranged travel. For a child to qualify automatically, the provision of transport must be written into Part 5 and 6 of the child's statement of special educational needs. This usually applies to children attending special schools, resourced provision and also mainstream children if there is a need for transport because of significant physical difficulties.

Guidance on transport assistance for pupils with special education needs, medical/physical difficulties

What is transport assistance?

Transport assistance may take the form of a bus pass; a shared mini bus or taxi; or a parent transporting their child and being reimbursed through a travel allowance.

Does my child qualify for transport assistance?

Transport assistance may be provided for your child if:

You are resident in Bolton and:

  • Your child has a statement of special educational needs that identifies the provision of transport in Parts 5 and 6; or
  • Your child has a long-term physical disability (e.g. cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy); or
  • Your child has short-term physical difficulties or medical problem (e.g. recent operation, road traffic accident, broken leg); or
  • Your child has a statement of special educational needs which identifies the provision of transport in Parts 5 and 6 and s/he is now transferring from school to a college placement.

Do I need to make an application for transport assistance?

  • If your child has a statement of special education needs that specifies transport in Parts 5 and 6 you do not need to make a request for transport assistance; this will be arranged by the Inclusion and Statutory Assessment Officer with the transport provider.
  • If your child has a long-term physical disability that prevents them from walking to school or travelling on public transport you will need to make a request for transport by completing the application form available from the link below. You will need to submit medical evidence from a Consultant or Paediatrician to support your application. The authority may seek further medical information to enable them to come to a decision on providing transport assistance.
  • If your child has a short-term physical or medical difficulty that prevents them from walking to school or using public transport you will need to make a request for transport by completing the application form available from the link below. You will need to submit medical evidence from your doctor to support your application. This should identify the length of time your child will be incapacitated. The authority may seek further medical information to enable them to come to a decision on providing transport assistance.
  • If your child has a statement of special educational needs that specifies transport and is moving to a college placement you will need to make a request for transport by completing the application form available from the link below. The authority will consider the request using the information in the last Annual Review of the statement of special educational needs and will seek advice from relevant professionals.

What happens next?

If you think your child qualifies for transport assistance, complete and return the application form to the Inclusion and Statutory Assessment Service as soon as possible. Your application will then be assessed and you will be notified accordingly. If you qualify for assistance you will be contacted to confirm what transport is being provided and details of pick up times etc.

NB Transport will not be considered if this form is not completed and returned. Help is available from the Inclusion and Statutory Assessment Service (contact details below).

What if I change my address?

Please notify Bolton Passenger Transport Service as soon as possible as this may affect the transport being provided.

Bolton Social Needs Transport
Environment Department
Mayor Street
Bolton
BL3 5DT

Tel: 01204 332047

Inclusion and Statutory Assessment Service

Bolton Council

Paderborn House

16 Howell Croft North

Bolton

BL1 1UA

Telephone 01204 338612
Telephone 01204 338653
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