Special transport changes
In response to the story Transport shock for special needs pupils on 18 November. Barking and Dagenham Council is making changes to SEN transport in the borough to encourage and assist young people with special needs to travel to school either independe
In response to the story 'Transport shock for special needs pupils' on 18 November.
Barking and Dagenham Council is making changes to SEN transport in the borough to encourage and assist young people with special needs to travel to school either independently or with family or friends which will allow for improved confidence.
We aim to increase the proportion of our young people who have the opportunity to develop this skill.
We understand that for some pupils with more complex needs this will take longer and will be particularly difficult to achieve. We appreciate parents' concerns and are working with them to support the young people to become more independent, but we are also offering assisted travel for young people with complex needs.
You may also want to watch:
Parents were sent a letter in July 2009 from the Council advising them about the changes to SEN transport. Decisions about travel assistance are made by the Council's Special Educational Needs panel and each application is considered independently with individual circumstances taken into account, but parents have the right to appeal against a decision.
Council officers have spoken to and met with many parents to discuss the options.
- 1 How Dagenham are you? Take our quiz to find out.
- 2 Youngsters create film inspired by Dagenham's links to slave trade abolitionists
- 3 Three shops 'fail test purchases' after joining safe knife selling scheme
- 4 'Stunning mural celebrating Barking history is complete
- 5 Ex-Strictly Come Dancing star gets pupils shimmying in Barking
- 6 Hundreds arrested after police crackdown on county lines
- 7 Residents and traders react to proposed A13 tunnel in Dagenham
- 8 Dagenham on the way back up after FA Cup comeback
- 9 Thames Barrier closing for 200th time amid potential east London flooding
- 10 Men reportedly 'impersonated officers' to get access to Barking home
We have spoken to many families about the proposed changes and their response has been positive.
Cllr Rocky Gill