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Travel Assistance for Students Over 16 Years Old

The Nottinghamshire County Council runs a travel scheme to enable all post-16 students to access education.

Students are advised to consider what transport services and ticketing/fare schemes are available locally before deciding if it is in their interest to apply to join the scheme. To assist students in doing this a journey planner and information about public transport services is available on our buses page.

Post-16 Travel Assistance Scheme 2014/15

Who is eligible to join the scheme?

To participate in the scheme a student must:

  • be a Nottinghamshire County resident (excludes students resident in Nottingham City)
  • be 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 (the scheme does not apply to Higher Education courses or Universities)
  • live more than three miles from the school/college using the nearest available walking route
  • be over compulsory school age but under 19 years of age on 1 September 2014

There are some further entitlements and additional benefits available for pupils with a disability or special educational needs.

How are applications for assistance assessed?

Applications are assessed by officers of the Council’s Transport and Travel Services Group. Full conditions of the scheme and details of how to apply are included in the Post-16 Travel Scheme booklet [PDF]. To apply you can download and complete an application form PSE1 [PDF].

What type of assistance is available?

The Council will endeavour to provide the necessary transport services but cannot guarantee to do so and will identify the most appropriate and cost effective transport service for each student.  The arrangement may not offer choice of operator, route or service except where these are available and there is no extra cost to the Council.

There are three types of travel assistance available. Students may apply for one of the following:

  • A Half Fare Pass costing £120 per academic year which entitles the student to travel at half the adult fare on a bus or train service to their school or college (currently not available on the tram). Full payment is required on application.  The travel pass may be used on the specified bus services ONLY, for one journey to and from school or college each day started before 10pm, Monday to Friday during term time.
  • A Season Pass is available to students travelling on specific school bus services and other services arranged by Nottinghamshire County Council. This will allow the student to travel between home and school/college without having to pay a daily fare. The travel pass can ONLY be used on the specific bus service for one journey to and from school/college each day, started before 10pm, Monday to Friday during term time. If you indicate on the application form that you would like a season pass, a price quote will be sent to you. The price is calculated on half the adult fare plus the £120 charge. Students who purchase this pass may then travel without further daily payment on the specified service. You may pay for the season pass in full or by instalments as follows:
    • Initial payment to be made when you accept the quote
    • 2nd instalment by 1 December 2014
    • 3rd instalment by 1 February 2015
  • Travel Allowance up to a maximum of £150 per academic year may be offered in exceptional circumstances instead of a half fare travel or season pass. This may be where no public transport or other services provided by the Council exist or where the school or college is outside the Nottinghamshire boundary. Assistance will be limited to a maximum of 25 miles travelling distance and 75 minutes travelling time. All travel allowances are paid termly in arrears and attendance must be certified by the school or college. Students sharing the same vehicle will be paid half the travel allowance each.  Late applications made after the start of the academic year will result in a reduction in the amount of grant available.

Applications are assessed by officers of the Council’s Transport and Travel Services Group. Full conditions of the scheme and details of how to apply are included in the Post-16 Travel Scheme booklet [PDF]. To apply you can download and complete an application form PSE1 [PDF].

Students with Special Transport Needs   

Who is eligible to join the scheme?

 To participate in the scheme a student must:

  • be a Nottinghamshire County resident (excludes students resident in Nottingham City)
  • be 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)
  • be
  1. over compulsory school age but under 25 years of age on 1 September 2013, 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
  2. aged between 19 and 24 years on 1 September 2014 and have undergone a Learning Difficulty Assessment under Section 139a of the Learning and Skills Act 2000, or be in receipt of a Single Education Health and Care Plan.

The three mile distance criterion will be waived for students who have a special transport need

How are applications for special transport assessed?

A special transport need is assessed by officers of the Children, Families and Cultural Services Department, based upon medical advice and other evidence (such as the Disability Living Allowance mobility component or PIP - Personal Independence Payment) as required.  A special transport need may arise where the student:

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

What type of assistance is available?

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 provide one journey to and from school/college at the start and the end of the day. Transport is not provided to students to travel from their school/college during the day to access off-site courses or activities, or to transport students home if they become ill whilst at school/college.

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

Full conditions of the scheme and details of how to apply are included in the Post-16 Travel Scheme booklet [PDF].

Right of Review

If a student is not satisfied with their transport provision, he/she may request for the provision to be reviewed. A request for a review must be made in writing, giving full details of the reason for the request, and sent together with any supporting information to:

Transport and Travel Services, Nottinghamshire County Council, TBH, County Hall, Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QP

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