Extracts taken from the SEND Code of Practice 0 - 25 years January 2015
(9.214 - 9.217)
The parents or young person's preferred school or college might be further away from their home than the nearest school or college that can meet the child or young person's SEN. In such a case, the local authority can name the nearer school or college if it considers it to be appropriate for meeting the child or young person's SEN. If the parents prefer the school or college that is further away, the local authority may agree to this but is able to ask the parents to provide some or all of the transport funding.
Transport should be recorded in the EHC plan only in exceptional cases where the child has particular transport needs. Local authorities must have clear general arrangements and policies relating to transport for children and young people with SEN or disabilities that must be made available to parents and young people, and these should be included in the Local Offer. Such policies must set out the transport arrangements which are over and above those required by section 508B of the Education Act 2006.
Where the local authority names a residential provision at some distance from the family's home, the local authority must provide reasonable transport or travel assistance. The latter might be reimbursement of public transport costs, petrol costs or provision of a travel pass.
Transport costs may be provided as part of a Personal Budget where one is agreed and included in the EHC plan as part of the special educational provision.
The Stoke on Trent City Council Home to School Transport Policy can be opened by clicking this link (Home to School Transport Policies 2017-18.pdf).