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Children's Transport

The Children's Transport team works closely with colleagues at Metro and with other key partners to ensure children and young people can access the transport links they need to get to and from school, college and elsewhere.

The team that assesses whether mainstream children and young people are entitled to receive local-authority support with the cost of home to school travel is now based at Metro.

Policy and current provision:

All children and young people who live in Leeds and are in full-time education are entitled to travel at half the adult fare on buses and trains within the county of West Yorkshire.  To prove their entitlement, children aged 11 to 16 need to have a Young Person’s PhotoCard; students aged 16 to 18 need a Scholars PhotoCard.  To obtain one of these smart cards, use the link to Generation M, which is Metro’s website for young people, or visit: www.generationm.co.uk/passes-permits/halffaretravel.

The latest transport policy for Leeds came into effect on the 1st December 2013.  It is available to download from the related documents section on this page.  Guidance notes and forms to apply for assistance with home to school travel arrangements for the academic year 2014 to 2015 are also available now.  Use the links given on the left to view and download the appropriate document.  We recommend you read the policy before you fill in the form.  If you require any further information, use the Contact Us section of this page.

Post 16 special educational needs students – non-statutory provision

Leeds City Council is committed to working with a range of partners to provide a local offer that goes beyond the basic statutory home to school/college transport provision for students over the age of 16 who have SEN and, from 1 September 2014, a new section will be introduced to the policy for full-time post-16 students with a recognised learning difficulty or disability. 

This will take into account the provisions of the Children and Families Act and will be underpinned by the principle of moving from centrally-procured services to awards of personal budgets.  These will allow families greater flexibility to buy-in the services they require to support their children.  The relevant application forms will shortly be available from this webpage.