Home to School Transport Policy and Post-16 Transport Statement 2021/22 Consultation

Closes 7 Dec 2020

Opened 12 Oct 2020

Overview

Background

We are currently reviewing our Home to School Transport Policy and associated Post-16 Transport Policy Statement. As part of the review we are considering changes to the Policy and Statement.

We plan to publish any changes we make as a result of this consultation in April 2021, for the academic year 2021/22. The new Policy and associated Statement will apply to all pupils and students, including those with existing transport arrangements.

We have looked at feedback we’ve received over the past year from parents and schools. This has been about the current policy content as well as how it works in practice. We have also spoken with some parents about the specific changes they might like to see from the review.

Home to School Transport Policy

Our Home to School Transport Policy sets out how the Council provides student transport to schools and other education settings. The policy applies to students up to the age of 19, and for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) it applies to students up to the age of 25.

The proposed changes focus on updating the content by providing clarification and more detail to some parts of the Policy to make the Policy easier to understand. These changes are set out in the Draft Home to School Transport Policy attached below.

Post-16 Transport Policy Statement

Our Post-16 Transport Policy Statement sets out transport arrangements for students aged 16 and over. The Statement specifies the arrangements for transport that the Council considers it necessary to make in order to facilitate the attendance of sixth form students receiving education or training.

Proposed changes to the Statement include updating the content to help provide clear information for young people and parents/carers.

Contribution charges for post-16 educational transport will resume from September 2021. We are asking for views on 3 potential options for how Post 16 SEND student transport will be arranged and paid for. The options are:

  • Council-organised transport using the current distance-banded charging model
  • A choice of either a Personal Transport Budget for families to choose and arrange their own transport; or Council organised transport using an annual fee
  • A Personal Transport Budget as the default, with Council organised transport organised ‘by exception’ only

We have also created a video to explain the options described above.

Register for an online consultation event

We will hold two online consultation events in November, please see below for full details. These are an opportunity to hear from us in more detail about the possible changes and ask us questions. If you are interested in taking part, please email or phone us on the contact details shown near the top of this page.

Let us have your views

In this consultation, we would like to hear your views on the proposed changes, and on the options for arranging and paying for transport for Post-16 students with SEND. Please read the documents attached below and let us know what you think by completing the short online survey below.

Privacy

The information you provide here will only be used for the purposes of this consultation, and will be stored securely in line with data protection laws. No personal information will be shared or published. Please visit the Privacy page to read our full privacy notice.

Give us your views

Events

  • Online consultation event

    From 10 Nov 2020 at 19:00 to 10 Nov 2020 at 20:00

    Hear from us in more detail about the possible changes and ask us questions. To book a place please email us on H2STpolicyconsultation@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or phone us on 01296 382891.

  • Online consultation event

    From 19 Nov 2020 at 10:30 to 19 Nov 2020 at 11:30

    Hear from us in more detail about the possible changes and ask us questions. To book a place please email us on H2STpolicyconsultation@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or phone us on 01296 382891.

Interests

  • Transport
  • Schools & education
  • Children & young people