Post 16 transport policies
We would like to get your views on our:
- Home to School Transport Policy for children and young people aged 4 to 16
- Post 16 Transport Policy Statements for 2023 to 2024 and 2024 to 2025 academic years.
Find out more and take part in the Home to School Transport Policy and Post-16 Transport Policy Statements consultation.
The Kent County Council Post 16 Transport Policy allows schools, colleges and training providers to secure a KCC 16+ Travel Saver for their students to use on all registered public service bus routes in Kent. The Post 16 Transport Policy applies to all families, including those who have recently moved to Kent from the Ukraine.
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.
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. Learners who feel that they would benefit from such support should discuss this with their learning provider directly, before applying to KCC for a 16+ Travel Card.
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 have an 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 KCC 16+ Travel saver 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 will initially consider travel training
2. We may consider providing transport directly where there is a particular need and/or disability
3. We may consider granting a student a personal transport budget.
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 lunchtime 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.
Travel by train
If your commute involves a train journey, there is a 16-17 Saver railcard available on the National Rail website.
Read our policy
- 16 - 19 Transport Policy (PDF, 180.2 KB)
- For more information on adult (post 18) access to education transport, please read the Adult Access to Education Transport Policy (PDF, 177.1 KB).