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
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 on Board.