What does the law expect of schools and local authorities in providing transport to pupils? How can schools challenge unsatisfactory arrangements? Nabil Dance tackles the legal requirements and practical elements that schools should be aware of

Local authority transport

Local authority-provided home-to-school transport falls below standard in incidents across the country every year, as any trawl of local media will reveal.

My experience of advising schools proves that schools and parents can successfully challenge local authority travel arrangements for the better. Likewise, we can also successfully change the contents of unlawful school transport policies.

There are many different factors involved in deciding whether primary school pupils are entitled to free home-to-school local authority transport, including distance, pupil age, religion, entitlement to Working Tax Credits, the safety of the proposed travel route for the pupil, the type of school, and so on.

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