Special transport needs

A special transport need is assessed by officers of Nottinghamshire Transport and Travel Services, based upon medical advice and other evidence (such as the Disability Living Allowance or PIP - Personal Independence Payment mobility component) as required.

Under-16 special transport needs

Some pupils with SEND may require assistance with their travel to school. Wherever possible and appropriate, pupils with SEND should be treated in the same way as those without, i.e. in general, they should walk to school, travel on public transport or be taken by their parents/carers.

A special transport need would be where your child:

  • lives within walking distance of the school but cannot walk/travel safely to school even if accompanied by a parent/carer
  • is unable to use public transport when accompanied.

The Home to School Transport Policy gives full information regarding the eligibility criteria and entitlements for Special Transport.

Apply for under-16 special needs transport

Applications are assessed by officers of the Council's Transport and Travel Services Group. You can submit an application by completing an MTA1 form:


Post-16 special transport needs

To participate in the scheme a student must be:

  • a Nottinghamshire County resident (excludes students resident in Nottingham City)
  • attending a full time course (a minimum of 540 guided learning hours per year) at a school, College of Further Education or Independent Specialist Provider that is funded by the Education Funding Agency for at least 30 weeks in the academic year (the scheme does not apply to higher education courses or universities)
  • over compulsory school age but under 19 years of age on 1 September 2016, or continuing to attend a course begun before the student was 19 until it is completed or until the end of the academic year in which the student reaches 25 years of age, whichever is sooner
    or
    aged between 19 and 24 on 1 September 2016 and have undergone a Learning Difficulty Assessment under Section 139a of the Learning and Skills Act 2000, or be in receipt of an Education Health and Care Plan.

The three mile distance criterion will be waived for students who have been assessed by the county council as having a special transport need

A special transport need would be where the student is unable to:

  • walk or travel safely when accompanied to the special school, sixth form or college
  • use public transport when accompanied.

Types of assistance

If eligible, the Council will identify the most appropriate and cost effective transport service for each student. The type of transport arrangements and additional support will depend on the student’s needs and will normally be in the form of:

  • additional adult support to access public transport services
  • the provision of a minibus, taxi or wheelchair accessible vehicle
  • additional supervision where appropriate in addition to the driver.

Students requiring special transport arrangements will normally travel to and from the nearest suitable special school, sixth form or college that can meet their educational and support needs. This will ensure the effective use of resources whilst promoting choice and managing public funds in a prudent manner. 

Transport services only provide one journey to school/college at the start of the day and one journey from school/college at the end of the day.

Colleges, special schools and sixth forms are encouraged to provide independent travel training within the context of independent living.

The post-16 Transport Policy gives full information regarding the eligibility criteria and entitlements for Special Transport.

Apply for post-16 special needs transport

Applications are assessed by officers of the Council's Transport and Travel Services Group. You can submit an application by completing the appropriate form:

Special schools and sixth forms:

Sixth form colleges, colleges of further education and independent specialist providers:

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