We make decisions about transport support as part of the decision-making arrangements for children with special education needs.
The statutory assessment and annual review processes involve gathering written information about a child's special education needs. This includes information which is relevant to a decision about transport.
Entitlement to free home-to-school transport for SEN pupils
Free home-to-school transport is only available when the council places the child in a special school, special unit or a mainstream school and:
- the child is under 8 years old and lives over 2 miles away from the school
- the child is 8 or over and lives over 3 miles away from the school
- it is determined that the child’s disabilities are significant enough to need transport for a shorter journey
More information about transport arrangements is available in our travel policy for children and young people who need special arrangements.
Travel support for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
Travel support may also be available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities at a further education college or a school sixth form after year 11. In some circumstances this support can continue up to the age of 21. This support is not automatic, families must apply for post-16 travel support for their child.
For more details go to the County Council travel website Suffolk Onboard.