Post 16 transport policies
The Kent County Council Post 16 Transport Policy allows schools, colleges and training providers to secure a 16+ Travel Card for their students to use on all registered public service bus routes in Kent.
The subsidised pass will be available to schools, colleges and training providers for an annual fee of £400, or around £10 a week, and can be further subsidised by them for their registered students.
Government funding arrangements mean that travel passes will be obtained directly from the education providers by students. It is expected that providers who have benefited from the government's new 16-19 Bursary scheme can use elements of this funding to support the cost of their students' travel.
If bus travel is not the most appropriate form of transport for a learner, it will be up to the learning provider to facilitate an alternative. Where required, KCC will continue to act as a broker to procure other transport at attractive rates, as a paid-for service to learning providers.
Any learner in education or training who is not eligible for a contribution from their provider or employer would pay the full cost of the 16+ travel card at £400.
Home to school or college transport for students with special educational needs
Students who had a statement of special educational needs or Education Health and Care Plan, which has either lapsed or stopped and are continuing their education by attending a college, school or learning establishment can firstly apply for a Kent 16+ Travel Card from their learning provider.
If, however, the young adult has mobility problems or disabilities that would inhibit their ability to access public transport, they can approach Kent County Council for additional support. We will assess the student's application and if the student is eligible to receive transport assistance, there are several options that can be considered:
1. We may consider providing transport directly where there is a particular need and/or disability.
2. We may consider granting a student a personal transport budget.
3. We may consider (with the school/college's recommendation and the parents approval) independent travel training.
Transport assistance to college is normally only provided at the beginning and end of the academic day. The beginning and end of the academic day is determined by the times of the first programmed educational lesson delivered during normal college hours, and the end of the last programmed lesson during normal college hours.
Where full day attendance may not be appropriate, KCC may exceptionally arrange for a collection/drop off at 12:30pm however it is anticipated that where possible the lesson programme will be designed to reduce the extent of free time in any given day. Where free periods occur between lessons and collection/drop off times, it is the responsibility of the college to make appropriate provision for learners to remain safely on site.