DfE announces review into statutory guidance on home to school travel and transport for local authorities
September 22, 2017
Disability charity, Contact, has published its report on an inquiry into school transport for disabled children. Following the inquiry, the Department for Education (DfE) has announced a review of the statutory guidance for local authorities to ensure that it is clear.
Part of the inquiry included conducting an online survey which received 2,568 responses. The findings included:
48% say they agree or strongly agree that travel arrangements for their child to get to school mean that they can’t work, or have to work reduced hours
27% agree or strongly agree that their child’s journey is making it harder for their child to learn at school
17% say their child is late for school once or twice a week due to travel arrangements and 20% are late once a month
The inquiry also found that 51% of local school transport policies include unlawful statements.
DfE also said that “…local authorities must make transport arrangements for all children who cannot reasonably be expected to walk to school because of their mobility problems or because of associated health and safety issues related to their special educational needs or disability. We expect councils to put appropriate arrangements in place and make decisions that are best suited to local circumstances.”