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Post 16 travel assistance for young people with SEND

This is for children and young people aged from 16 to 24 years.

Apply for SEND post 16 travel assistance

Find out if your child is eligible for travel assistance.

You must apply for post 16 transport every year.

2019 to 2020 post 16 travel assistance

Complete the 2019 to 2020 post 16 travel assistance application form to apply for travel assistance for the current academic year between September 2019 and July 2020.

Apply for SEND post 16 travel assistance for 2020 to 2021

We review the SEND post 16 travel application every year. 

You can apply for 2020 to 2021 post 16 travel assistance from February 2020. We must get your application by 31 May 2020.

If we approve your application we can only give you travel assistance once you've sent us a full timetable.

Contact us, the SEN travel team if you need a hard copy of the application form. 

Who can claim post 16 travel assistance

We assist post 16 students with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to get to school and take part in post 16 education, but they must meet the following criteria. Young people could claim travel assistance if they are:

  • aged 16 to 24 as of the 31 August of the previous academic year and have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • unable to get to school or college due to their mobility difficulties, SEN or disability
  • residents in the Dorset Council (DC) area
  • in full time education (16 hours, or more at least 3 days a week)
  • attending their nearest, appropriate educational establishment
  • progressing from one level of study to the next, such as level 1 to level 2 and so on, completing one course and moving to the next
  • showing how consolidation of learning will enable the next step towards agreed outcomes; this could be educational outcomes or career progression

What travel assistance covers

Assisted travel is only available: 

  • for one inward and one outward journey to and from school or college at the beginning and end of the day. This may not be according to the start and finish of the timetable day
  • between the same pick up and drop off points each day. The parent or carer will have to organise and pay for journeys outside of this arrangement 

Assistance does not cover induction and taster days or work experience.

If students move out of the DC area during their course, they must apply to their new council for assistance.

Travel costs

As of September 2017, students starting a new post 16 course, who are eligible for travel assistance, will have to pay a contribution towards their chosen transport. This includes students with an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

Travel assistance charges for academic year 2019 to 2020

The travel cost for September 2019 will be £715 for the year. See information on travel assistance charges.

Some students can pay 50% less if they are a Dorset resident and meet our criteria. The cost for these students will be £357.50.

Travel assistance charges for academic year 2020 to 2021

The travel cost for September 2020 to July 2021 will be £760 for the year. See information on travel assistance charges.

Some students can pay 50% less if they are a Dorset resident and meet our criteria. The cost for these students will be £380.

Find out more on our post 16 transport cost and payment page

What if I cannot get post 16 transport?

Appeal your request

If your travel assistance request got turned down and refused in writing, you can appeal. To do so, please complete the post 16 transport appeal form and return as directed in the form. You can only have one appeal per academic year, unless there is a vast change to your circumstances. Please make sure you include all related information and documentation on your form.

If you do not qualify 

Find out your options if you do not qualify for post 16 transport.

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