The raising of the participation age under the Education and Skills Act 2008, requiring young people to participate in education or training up to their 18th birthday, has not created any new entitlement to transport beyond age sixteen.
We have a post-16 transport policy statement which sets out the provision for mainstream students aged between 16 and 19 and for students with special needs and disabilities aged 16-25. A parent and carer contribution towards the cost of sixth form special needs transport was introduced in September 2014. The contribution for 2018/2019 is £390 standard rate or £260 for those on a low income. This is subject to annual adjustment.
Post-16 students in full-time education continue to be eligible for reduced fare travel passes, on buses and trains in Derbyshire including destinations just outside the county, up to their 19th birthday under our concessionary fares scheme operated through the b_line card.
To ensure that transport and other factors are not a barrier to post-16 education, the government has made arrangements for getting financial help to students who need it most.
Schools, colleges and training providers now have bursary funds to help students facing financial hardship. For advice, speak to your tutor at school or college. You can also find out more about the 16-19 bursary fund.
You can contact us for further information on school transport, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01629 537479.
For full details of post-16 transport and travel assistance see our Post 16 Transport Policy