As you get older, the places you need to go to and the way you travel around Devon may change. This page has information about how Devon County Council and partner services can support you and enable more independence through travel.
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- Travel to school or collegeTravelling in the community
There is no automatic entitlement to school transport for children and young people who have SEND. Children and young people will follow the standard eligibility criteria for school transport unless there is a medical condition or other circumstance that would prevent the parent making the necessary travel arrangements.
Please see the Devon County Council guide to Transport for children with special educational needs for more information. Devon publishes an Education Transport Policy for post-16 each year, which sets out the travel arrangements we will make to support young people aged 16-19 and learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD) aged up to 25 to access further education.
Please note: There is no legal entitlement to transport support to and from a school for children below or above statutory school age. Statutory school age is from the beginning of the term following your fifth birthday until the last Friday in the June of the academic year when you reach 16 years of age. A young person who is above statutory school age but has not reached the age of 18 or attained a Level 3 qualification is under a duty to participate in education or work-based training. This requirement does not come with an entitlement to transport support.
A limited Post 16 travel scheme will operate from September 2017. Where appropriate, students will use public transport. Where students are finding difficulty funding fares then they should approach their education provider to see if any financial support can be made available from locally held bursary funds.
Where there is a “vacant seat” on Devon County Council contract transport then there may be an opportunity to purchase a seat. The normal parental contribution fee will apply.
Where there is no suitable public transport or any vacant seats and students or carers are unable to make their own arrangements then an “assessment of travel need” may be required. Any support agreed will be subject to the normal parental contribution fee.
- The DFE has issued guidance relating to Post 16 transport.
- Devon County Council School and college transport
- Traveline South West – information about public transport routes
- Information on availability of vacant seats is available by calling 0345 155 1019
Where can I find public transport information?
The Travel Devon website gives more information on getting out and about in Devon.
Travel line South West has a free journey planner that can help you get from A to B.
How do I access public transport?
Devon offers an Access Wallet which helps people with communication difficulties or disabilities to access transport. The access wallet does not give you free or discounted travel. If you are over 60 or disabled you may be entitled to free bus travel in Devon with a National Bus Pass.
Disabilities which qualify someone for a National Bus Pass are those which are considered permanent, or which are likely to last at least 12 months. Such disabilities should have a substantial effect on the applicant’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
There are seven disability categories:
- Blind or partially sighted
- Profoundly or severely deaf
- Without speech
- Severe difficulty in walking
- Without arms or has a long-term loss of the use of both arms
- Learning Disability
- Unfit to hold a driving licence