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School transport

Many autistic children and young people can’t travel independently to and from school or college, either due to their education setting being far away, or because they face greater difficulties using public transport or walking independently.  

Local authorities in England have various duties towards groups of children and young people to make transport arrangements. This includes:

  • children under the age of five
  • children of compulsory school age (typically children between 5-16)
  • young people over the age of 16 (those of ‘sixth form’ age)
  • young people over the age of 16 who are defined as ‘adult learners’
  • challenging transport decisions.

Learn more about home to school transport for autistic young people

This resource covers the key principles surrounding transport rights and includes scenarios that reflect the most common types of issues parents experience with transport. 

Home to school transport webinar  

Sign up to Talk about Autism, the online community for parents and carers, to watch a webinar on home to school transport with Claire Jackson, a paralegal who specialises in special educational needs and disability law.

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Further information 

Contact for families with disabled children's information on transport in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA) information on transport to school or college.