Sheffield City Council are refreshing their Home-to-School Travel and Transport Policy for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 5-16 years and would like to gain the views of people who might be affected by any changes.
This includes young people, their parents/carers, schools, colleges, the voluntary, community and faith sector, and neighbouring local authorities.
Download the draft policy
The council has provided an overview of the proposed changes, which you can read below. Comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 August 2018.
Please note: We have requested an extension of the deadline, as we feel that three weeks over the summer holidays is far too short, and will mean that many parents (and young people) who would like to have their say will effectively be excluded.
Overview of proposed changes
||How this might affect service users
|A ‘definition of terms’ table has been included.
||This helps to ensure the policy is easy to understand.
|References to ‘pick up points’ have been removed.
||This avoids any confusion. Previous policy stated this would be the ‘norm’ with only exceptional cases being picked up from their home address, however this was never reflected in practice.
Pick up points can still be used with the consent of parent/carers, where appropriate.
|The section relating to religious belief/faith schools has been updated.
||The policy has simply been updated to reflect current practice – there are no changes in practice.
|Clarification re mileage claims
||If you currently claim ‘parental reimbursement’ as an alternative to SEND Transport, you will be expected to submit claims monthly. Any claims older than 3 months will not be paid unless there are exceptional circumstances.
|If a travel training option is considered appropriate by the Travel Panel, parent/carers are expected to support this.
||If the parent/carer decides not to access this form of travel support, they will become responsible for making arrangements for their child’s journey to/from school. This does not affect the parent / carer / young person’s rights to appeal if they dispute the arrangements offered.
Please note that all travel training options are subject to the outcome of an individual assessment, and transport is provided alongside the training as required.
|A single page overview – ‘Travel Support at a Glance’ – is included.
||A single page flow chart provides an easy to read guide to the process.