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SEN Post 16 transport help and discounts

Transport assistance

Transport can be provided to and from the student's home and the education establishment.

Students may need to wait before and/or after the course starts/finishes so that student journeys can be combined.

Students may be required to take part in independent travel training. 

To help provide this assistance, South Tyneside Council may seek financial support from partners such as the Further Education provider or Social Services. This support will be for a maximum of three years for those at college.

Who is eligible for transport assistance?

Students who:

  • are aged between 16-25, and
  • have a significant learning difficulty or a disability that significantly impairs their mobility, and
  • who attend a full time course* at a local college, sixth form or special school

Students attending specialist residential colleges with financial support through the Education Funding Agency may also qualify for transport assistance at the start and end of each term. 

*A full time course is 12 guided learning hours or more per week for a minimum of one academic year. Support is not available for students on part-time, distance learning or day release courses.

Apply for transport assistance

Students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities should apply for transport support in June.

To apply and for more information, see Help with school and college transport.

For more information, see Transport Partnership Policy Statement 2021/22.

Independent Travel Training

Young people with learning difficulties or disabilities who are studying in full time education can get training to help them travel independently.

This can be walking, cycling, by bus, tube, Metro, train, tram or ferry.

For more information contact the SEN Transport Team on 0191 427 2680.

Nexus Concessionary Travel Passes

Nexus provide free Concessionary Travel Passes for bus travel to disabled residents of Tyne & Wear.

Passes are available from the Nexus Concessionary Travel Bureau on 0191 2020 747.

Students wishing to use the Metro under this scheme will need to apply for a Metro Gold Card.

Nexus Taxicard Scheme

The TaxiCard scheme allows people with mobility difficulties to travel in taxis at a discounted price.

Members get a card which is credited with a set amount of money every year, which goes towards each journey.


For more information visit Nexus: TaxiCard, email customerservices@nexus.org.uk or call Nexus on 0191 2020 747.

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