Today we've secured a major campaign win
Sunday 10th September 2017
Today we've secured a major campaign win.
The Secretary of State for Education has announced plans to review school transport statutory guidance to make sure all local authorities are providing school transport for eligible children with special educational needs.
The decision has been made as a result of findings from Contact's School Transport Inquiry.
Contact's School Transport Inquiry
The report, published today on Radio 5 Live Investigates, brings together evidence we gathered from more than 2,500 parents. We discovered:
- 51% of local school transport policies in England include unlawful statements.
- 48% 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% said their child's journey to school is stressful which makes it harder for their child to learn.
A Department for Education spokesperson said:
"We are investing £222million over four years to help local
authorities improve special educational needs and disability (SEND)
services and local authorities must provide school transport for
all eligible children with SEND.
"In light of the findings by Contact, the department will review the statutory guidance for local authorities to ensure it is clear."
Amanda Batten, Chief Executive of Contact, says:
"This is a huge win for all of us, and we want to say a massive thank you to everyone who submitted evidence to the inquiry. We will work with you when the statutory guidance is reviewed to make sure disabled children get the school transport they need."
Looking for school transport advice and support?
- We've produced new information for parents with disabled children about school transport and your rights and entitlements.
- For local parent carer groups and forums we have new advice on how to challenge local school transport consultations.
- 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 (Open Monday-Fri 9.30am-5pm)