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Post 16 transport

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

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

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.

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.

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

Apply for post 16 travel assistance

You must apply for post 16 transport every year.

Complete the post 16 travel assistance application form to apply for travel assistance. 

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

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.

Extra information

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.

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