Post-16 SEND Transport to school/collegeand Post-19 arrangements for Young Adult Learners with an EHCP

Page Updated: 9th October 2020


It is important for students and their parent/carers to consider how they will travel to school or college at Post-16, as in the majority of cases they will have to arrange and pay for transport themselves. Local Authorities do not have a statutory duty to provide free transport to school or college for students who are above compulsory school age (over 16 years of age, after the age of 16 a young person must be in education, employment or training). An application can be made and is subject to the eligibility criteria of the Post-16 Transport policy (listed in the supporting documents).  Please follow the link at the bottom of this page

There is a contribution required, currently £651 for 2020 and 21 which will be £658 for 2021 and 2022, the amount is reviewed annually. Those families on a low income who provide the relevant documentation do not need to pay.

Applications can be made from May for September start. Applications can also be made during the year for an immediate start. A Post-16 application needs to be made every year.

The County Council also offers limited help with transport to young adult learners (aged 19 and above) with an EHCP. They must meet the same eligibility criteria for assistance with transport as students of sixth form age.


Further details are in the Post-16 Transport Policy statement

You may also want to consider independent travel training.