Applying for SEN travel assistance

We offer a range of flexible travel assistance options for children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN). This allows children to gain confidence and independence by helping them get to school or to an education placement while meeting their needs and allowing them to socialise. Education travel assistance is provided for pupils of compulsory school age, 5 to 16.

View the SEN travel assistance policy

Who can apply

Parents or carers can apply for travel assistance when their child has a final or amended Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a statement of Special Educational Needs. However, having an EHCP does not make a child automatically eligible.

A child’s eligibility is assessed based on:

  • the individual needs of the pupil. Taking into account their age and mobility)
  • the distance from home to the school (if transport is not needed in relation to SEN needs)

In exceptional circumstances, SEND pupils may be given special consideration based on medical grounds. If an application is made on this basis, relevant medical evidence will need to be supplied at the time of application. Consideration will also be given if the parent or carer is unable to accompany their child due to their own medical conditions.

How to apply

To apply for SEN travel assistance for the first time or to reapply you will need to complete an application form online or by paper.

To apply online you will need:

  • details of any of the child’s medical conditions and medication supported by relevant written evidence from a medical professional confirming that the child needs to be accompanied to school
  • written evidence from a GP or hospital consultant confirming that you’re unable to accompany the child to school due to your own medical condition

Apply for SEN travel assistance online

You can also apply by completing an SEN Transport request form and sending it by email to seneducationteam@medway.gov.uk or posting it to: SEN Team, Level 4, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR.  

Appealing a decision

If your application for travel assistance is refused you can request that the decision is reviewed, details of the review process are in the policy.

Cancel SEN travel assistance

If you no longer feel that your child needs SEN travel assistance you can cancel by completing the SEN travel termination form.