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.

Before Christmas, we collected evidence of people’s experiences of the home to school transport system. We’ve spoken to lots families, have run a focus groups and collected lots of evidence through our online survey. We’ve also sent over 150 Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to local authorities.

We are now analysing 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 is based on England only, and is focussing on primary and secondary age pupils.

Stay in Touch

If there’s anything you’d like to tell us, you can get in touch with us via the following channels:

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
Sense
101 Pentonville Road
London
N1 9LG