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School Transport - children or young people with SEND

Some children who have SEND may be able to receive free school transport or travel assistance

How do I know if my child or young person can access this service? 

To be eligible for the travel assistance service one or more of the following categories must apply to your child or young person:

  • they have special educational needs and or disability or mobility problems and there is no school place near their home
  • if aged 5 -7 they cannot walk to school, even though it is within the normal walking distance of two miles
  • if aged 8 or over they cannot walk to school, even though it is within the normal walking distance of three miles
  • they cannot be reasonably expected to walk a particular route  even though the school is within the normal walking distances
  • they have SEN and attend a school where there are no arrangements for boarding at or near the school
  • their religion or belief means that the nearest suitable school is outside the distances.

If one or more of these criteria applies to your child or young person and they need school transport assistance:

  • Please complete an application form (available from the download section of this page)
  • Send the completed form to the correct service choosing from the two teams who deal with requests - contact details are as follows.

SEND Transport - COVID service updates

The government has recently produced guidance on the transportation of all pupils, including those pupils with SEND who may need transport assistance to and from school.

Hackney's SEND Travel Assistance service and SEND services are working with parents-carers, children and young people and staff in re-visiting pre-Covid transport arrangements and adapting them to meet the current needs of users brought about by COVID 19 restrictions.

A letter sent to parents explained more about the adapted service.

 A copy of this letter is available here ( Word doc)

Special schools have remained open during the pandemic and mainstream schools have remained open for vulnerable students.

Since the full re-opening of schools on March 8th all pupils are expected to be back in their settings.  

Enquiries about "NEW" SEND transport applications:

Enquiries about students with existing SEND transport provision...

Hackney has a dedicated specialist SEND transport service. To find out more about how the service runs and who is eligable for support read their full service entry Hackney SEND Travel Assistance Service

Travel support for some children & young people without EHC Plans?

Income assessed parents

Children may also be able to get free transport where:

  • They are eligible for Free School Meals
  • Have parents in receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credit,
  • There are not three or more suitable nearer school places, and the school place is 2-6 miles from home.

Secondary school children attending a school on grounds of religion or belief may be able to get free transport where the school is more than two miles and less than 15 miles from home, and there is no suitable alternative school nearer home.


Disabled parents:

Free travel to school for primary school children may be provided if a parent has a disability that prevents them from taking their child to school.

Contact: Hackney Education - Pupil Benefits

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