The Council’s post 16 home to school and college transport policy aims to support students over the age of 16 years with exceptional educational needs to participate in appropriate education and where necessary to provide support with travel.
The policy explains how decisions are made and eligibility criteria that applies. Assistance with travel is provided at the discretion of the Council and is subject to assessment. Our policy on travel for young people over the age of 16 aims to achieve a fair allocation of support, make the best use of the resources available and is also aimed at promoting and supporting the development of independent travel skills. The policy, eligibility criteria and application forms can be found below.
Post 16 Transport policy (2016-17) (114k)
Post 16 Transport eligibility criteria (267k)
Post 16 Transport application form (187k)
If you are refused transport, are unhappy with this decision and would like to appeal, please put your reasons in writing, together with any supporting information within 15 days of receiving your refusal letter. Your appeal should be sent to:
Service Director for Early Help, Gateshead Council, Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead. NE8 1HH.
Government guidance on post 16 transport
Proposed changes to post-16 home to school/college travel from September 2017
Following a consultation exercise during October to December 2013, the Council agreed at its budget meeting on 27 February 2014 to introduce a charge for post-16 home to college transport for learners aged 16-18 from September 2016 but the introduction of the charge was deferred. The Council has now reviewed this decision and is now consulting on its revised Post 16 travel policy statement for 2017-18 and on the proposal that the contribution charge will be £650 per year per student which would be introduced in September 2017.
More information and how to give views: https://consultation.gateshead.gov.uk/kms/dmart.aspx?noip=1&strTab=PublicDMart
Financial help for home to school/college transport through a Bursary Fund
If you are aged 16-19 years at the start of the academic year and are in further education or training, you may be able to get help for education-related costs such as transport to and from college through a Bursary Fund. You could get a Bursary of up to £1200 a year if you’re:
- In care or a care leaver
- Claiming Income Support or Universal Credit
- Disabled and getting Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance
If you aren’t in one of these groups you could still get a bursary depending on your personal circumstances. Ask your school, college or training provider’s student support services to see if you’re eligible.
View Government Information on 16-19 Bursary Funds
View Gateshead College Bursary Fund Information
Free bus and discounted bus and Metro travel if you are disabled
If you are disabled (eligibility criteria applies), live in Tyne and Wear and have a Concessionary Travel Pass, you can travel on buses in Tyne and Wear for free after 9.30am Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and public holidays. Metro travel is not free but you can avoid paying full fares after 9.30am by buying a Metro Gold Card, which can be used with a Concessionary Travel Pass. Everyone applying for a Concessionary Travel Pass has to be assessed by Social Services. For more information:
Phone: Nexus on 0191 20 20 747
Concessionary transport for disabled children
Concessionary transport for disabled adults
Nexus - Companion Card
A companion card allows a person with a disability to take someone with them on public transport free of charge. You will automatically qualify for a companion card if you receive either of the following:
• Higher rate care component of the Disability Living Allowance
• High rate Attendance Allowance
You may still be eligible if you don't receive either of these benefits.
How to apply: You’ll need to complete a Companion Card application form. Request one by calling 0191 20 20 747, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to:
Companion Card Applications, Nexus, Nexus House, St James Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4AX.
Or you can pick one up from a Nexus TravelShop – just ask for a Companion Card application pack.
More information: http://www.nexus.org.uk/companion-card
Taxicard - cheaper taxi travel
If you have a mobility difficulty, the Nexus TaxiCard scheme can help you to travel independently. It allows you to travel with one of their approved taxi companies at a discounted price. Members get issued with a card which is credited with a set amount of money every year - you use the money on your card to help pay towards each journey you make. TaxiCard is an annual scheme, but there are two application deadlines where you can apply to join each year. For more information:
Phone: Nexus Customer Services Team on 0191 20 20 747 7 days a week between 7am and 9pm Web: Taxicard
Independent travel training
Gateshead Council's Post-16 Home to College transport policy promotes and encourages the development of independent travel skills. Independent travel training for post-16 students with learning difficulties or disabilities can be arranged free of charge by Gateshead Council on request. Please contact the SEND Team using the details at the bottom of this page for more information. In addition, colleges often provide support around independent travel training as part of a young person's study programme where this has been identified as a need.
Public transport information
A range of transport providers in Gateshead and across Tyne and Wear provide cheaper transport on the Metro, buses, ferry and local rail services between Newcastle and Sunderland for students with a valid student ID card.
View Network One travel information for students
View Go North East travel information for students
Blue Badge Scheme
If you have a disability (eligibility criteria applies), having a Blue Badge allows you to park near to places you want to go. A blue badge costs £10 and you can apply online. For more information:
Phone: Parking Services on 0191 433 2429
Blue Badge Scheme
If you are disabled, you can find information about travelling on trains, planes, cars, buses and coaches, taxis and minicabs and about wheelchairs on the Government’s website here: www.gov.uk/transport-disabled