Home to school travel and transport: statutory guidance

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Closes 31 Oct 2019

Introduction

In autumn 2017, the Secretary of State for Education committed to revising the statutory home to school transport guidance for children of compulsory school age for local authorities in response to a report by the charity, Contact, which indicated that a number of local authority home to school transport policies contain unlawful elements or are unclear and difficult for parents to understand.

Our main aim in revising the guidance, therefore, is to support local authorities in putting in place lawful policies which are easy for parents to understand. For example, we have re-organised the guidance so the eligibility criteria come first, included examples of how the statutory duties apply in practice, and used clear, concise language wherever possible.  

We have also reviewed the section on driver training and included new guidance on transporting pupils with medical needs in response to concerns raised by the coroner following the death of a child on school transport.

Lastly, we have updated the guidance to reflect changes that have been introduced since the current guidance was issued, such as Universal Credit, and to reflect evolving local practice such as the effective use of personal travel budgets.

The policy for transport to post-16 education and training is different from that of children of compulsory school age, and as such is not included within this consultation. Separate guidance for post-16 travel is available on the GOV.uk website.

We are grateful to all the charities, local authorities and other stakeholders who have worked with us to ensure the revised guidance is clear and helpful and does not have any unintended consequences.