Travel Exceptions and Appeals Application

Travel Exceptions and Appeals

It's possible to apply for free school transport on exceptional grounds.  These cases are considered on an individual basis, by a council panel.  The panel’s terms of reference are available here - TEA Terms of Reference (PDF, 263KB). (PDF, 175KB)

We will consider a variety of options for provision at the Travels Exceptions and Appeals Panel including a Child and Adult Bus Pass, Shared Transport, Family Led Travel Budget, Mileage and Independent Travel Training.



For those children whose entitlement to free home to school transport has been confirmed by the Council, there is an option for parents or carers to use their own vehicle to provide home to school transport, IF the Council decides that it is a cost effective choice in respect of transport for your child.  The mileage payment made by the Council for parents or carers that provide school transport is 45p per mile, based on the shortest distance between home to school and on confirmation from your child’s school of their attendance.  It is also possible to request that another adult - nominated by you – be allowed to provide the transport for your child, but only with your signed agreement.  Please note that mileage is only offered for a maximum of two journeys (one journey to school and one journey home).


Family Led Travel Budget

Family Led Travel Budget (FLTB) is a payment provided to parents or carers to facilitate any arrangements for home to school travel in order to ensure attendance and access to education.  It allows families to make flexible arrangements and monitor the quality of transport directly.

In order to access a FLTB there are a number of eligibility criteria that must be met:

  • child must have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • child must qualify for home to school travel under the Home to School Travel eligibility criteria

A FLTB may be allocated as a result of a Transport Exceptions and Appeals (TEA) application.  To find out more, please view the Family Led Travel Budget guidance (PDF, 208KB) (PDF, 208KB)

Independent Travel Training

Independent Travel Training (ITT) is a transport scheme designed to equip young people who are entitled to home to school transport with the confidence and life skills required to travel independently, whether that be by foot, bike or public transport.

ITT is facilitated by Independent Travel Trainers who will work closely with school staff, parents, carers and the children.  One of our trainers will accompany the applicant throughout their whole journey to school or college, empowering them to manage every aspect of their journey independently, including personal safety, finding their way and paying for fares.

The training will help build the young person’s confidence in other aspects of their life too such as:

  • future job opportunities
  • accessing new hobbies
  • Improving social skills
  • Increases confidence and helps them to feel safer in their community

To find out more, if you are a young person please view our Independent Travel Leaflet for Young People (PDF, 3.2MB) (PDF, 3.2MB). If you are a parent or carer please view the Independent Travel Leaflet for Parents (PDF, 3.2MB). (PDF, 3.2MB)



Last Updated: 26 April 2022