Home to School Transport for disabled children

Families are telling us that they are having significant challenges in securing home to school transport for their disabled child or child they care for who has complex needs.  Too many children are missing school as a result.  We believe that transport should not be a stumbling block for accessing education, and want to campaign for a system that works.

What we’re doing

We’re running a policy inquiry to help us identify why there are so many challenges in accessing home to school transport and where the problems lie.  This will help us to identify things that need to change, make recommendations and campaign for solutions.

From September to December 2019, we will be collecting evidence of people’s experiences of the home to school transport system.  We want to speak to as many families as possible before 31st December 2019.   We will be running focus groups and collecting evidence via our online survey as well as issuing Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to local authorities.

We will then analyse the findings to establish recommendations so that we can influence the government and local authorities to change their current practices, to make sure every disabled child gets the home to school transport they need to access their education.   We will publish a report in Spring 2020.

Please note, this inquiry will run in England only, and will focus on primary and secondary age pupils.

How can I get involved?

If you live in England, and have a disabled child aged 5-16 we’d love to hear from you

  • If you are a parent or guardian, please fill in this online survey to tell us more about your experience of home to school transport
  • If you are a professional, please fill in this online survey to tell us more about your experience of home to school transport
  • Contact the team to find out about focus groups happening in your area
  • Get in touch with the Campaigns team to share your story

By email

Email us at campaigns@sense.org.uk

By phone

Telephone us on 0300 330 9258

By post

Write to us at:

Public Policy team
101 Pentonville Road
N1 9LG