School transport inquiry

Last year, our School Transport Inquiry secured a major campaign win. The Secretary of State for Education announced plans to review school transport statutory guidance to make sure all local authorities are providing school travel for eligible disabled children.

The decision has been made as a result of findings from Contact's School Transport Inquiry.

NEW: More than 10,000 of you signed our petition to close the loophole for post-16 and under-five disabled children. Thank you so much. We delivered the petition to 10 Downing Steert on Thurdsday 7 June. 

What did the School Transport Inquiry find?

The report and desktop research, published in September 2017 on BBC Radio 5Live Investigates, brings together evidence from more than 2,500 parents. We discovered:

  • 48 per cent and mostly mums said that school travel arrangements for their disabled child meant that they can't work or have had to decrease working hours.
  • 23 per cent said their child's journey to school is stressful which makes it harder for their child to learn.
  • 51 per cent of local school transport policies in England include unlawful statements.

We want to say a huge thank you to the thousands of you who responded to our Inquiry into school transport for disabled children.

The Inquiry is now chaired by Stephen Lloyd MP for Eastbourne. 

What's the school transport issue?

School transport is one of the top issues our helpline gets calls about. 

School transport is an integral part of a child's education. If a child can't get to school or has a stressful experience getting to school, they are not able to learn and take part in the school day like other children.

What do we want to achieve?

  • Statutory guidance that is clearer and stronger and all local school transport policies to reflect the law. 
  • Closing the loophole in the law for 16 & 17 year olds. Read more about school transport for young people over 16 in England.
  • We are calling on the Scottish Government, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Executive to strengthen the law, making it clear that education authorities 'must' provide school transport for children because of their special or learning needs, disability, or mobility problems.
  • See our full list of recommendations in our report.
  • To help parents understand their rights to school transport. Find out your rights on our webpages.

What are we are doing?

We launched our biggest every Inquiry into school transport for disabled children. It consisted of four main elements:

How can you take part?

What else are we doing

If you have been refused school transport or want to find out about your rights to school transport, please call our helpline for advice on 0808 808 3555 or read our school transport webpage.