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  • A small majority agree that secondary school and college students should be helped to travel to school more independently (52%)
  • Only 17% disagree with the aim of helping older pupils travel to school/college more independently
  • Technology in the form of a tracking app or similar is considered to be the most helpful in terms of encouraging independent travel and reducing the need for dedicated transport provision (69% very helpful)
  • Other initiatives considered helpful would be financial support for other essentials (65% very helpful), additional training for bus drivers (64% very helpful) and an increase in personal budget (60% very helpful)

How far do you agree with helping secondary school and college students [with SEND] travel to school more independently?

Base: Parents/carers of children/young people aged 10+ who receive travel assistance by taxi or minibus (52)

This chart shows that:
29% of parents/carers strongly agree that secondary school and college students [with SEND] should be helped to travel to school more independently, 23% agree, 31% neither agree nor disagree, 13% disagree and 4% strongly disagree.

How helpful would each of the following be to help your family get your child(ren) or young person to school/college, instead of dedicated transport provision?

Base: Parents/carers of children/young people aged 10+ who receive travel assistance by taxi or minibus (from top to bottom: 48, 48, 50, 48, 28*, 50, 50, 43, 32, 50, 50, 50) *caution low base

This chart shows that:
69% of parents/carers think an app tracker would be very helpful in helping their family get their child or young person to school/college instead of dedicated transport provision, 15% think an app tracker would be quite helpful, 4% think an app tracker would not be very helpful, and 13% think an app tracker would not be at all helpful
65% of parents/carers think financial support for other essentials would be very helpful in helping their family get their child or young person to school/college instead of dedicated transport provision, 13% think financial support for other essentials would be quite helpful, 8% think financial support for other essentials would not be very helpful and 15% think financial support for other essentials would not be at all helpful
64% of parents/carers think additional training for bus drivers would be very helpful in helping their family get their child or young person to school/college instead of dedicated transport provision, 16% think additional training for bus drivers would be quite helpful, 6% think additional training for bus drivers would not be very helpful, and 14% think additional training for bus drivers would not be at all helpful
60% of parents/carers think an increase in personal budget would be very helpful in helping their family get their child or young person to school/college instead of dedicated transport provision, 8% think an increase in personal budget would be quite helpful, 10% think an increase in personal budget would not be very helpful, and 21% think an increase in personal budget would not be at all helpful
57% of parents/carers think assistance with taking other children to school would be very helpful in helping their family get their child or young person to school/college instead of dedicated transport provision, 29% think assistance with taking other children to school would be quite helpful, 4% think assistance with taking other children to school would not be very helpful, and 11% think assistance with taking other children to school would not be at all helpful
50% of parents/carers think a trained adult on the bus would be very helpful in helping their family get their child or young person to school/college instead of dedicated transport provision, 24% think a trained adult on the bus would be quite helpful, 10% think a trained adult on the bus would not be very helpful, and 16% think a trained adult on the bus would not be at all helpful
46% of parents/carers think that a bus pass for themselves valid 365 days a year would be very helpful in helping their family get their child or young person to school/college instead of dedicated transport provision, 16% think that a bus pass for themselves valid 365 days a year would be quite helpful, 12% think that a bus pass for themselves valid 365 days a year would not be very helpful, and 26% think that a bus pass for themselves valid 365 days a year would not be at all helpful
42% of parents/carers think that SEND wraparound care at school would be very helpful in helping their family get their child or young person to school/college instead of dedicated transport provision, 26% think that SEND wraparound care at school would be quite helpful, 14% think that SEND wraparound care at school would not be very helpful, and 19% think that SEND wraparound care at school would not be helpful at all
41% of parents/carers think that wraparound care for their other children would be very helpful in helping their family get their child or young person to school/college, 28% think that wraparound care for their other children would be quite helpful, 16% think that wraparound care for their other children would not be very helpful, and 16% think that wraparound care for their other children would not be at all helpful
38% of parents/carers think that a bus pass for their child/young person valid 365 days a year would be very helpful in helping their family get their child or young person to school/college, 20% think that a buss pass for their child/young person valid 365 days a year would be quite helpful, 10% think that a buss pass for their child/young person valid 365 days a year would not be very helpful, and 32% think that a buss pass for their child/young person valid 365 days a year would not be at all helpful
32% of parents/carers think that a walking bus would be very helpful in helping their family get their child or young person to school/college, 14% think a walking bus would be quite helpful, 28% think that a walking bus would not be very useful, and 26% think that a walking bus would not be at all helpful
28% of parents/carers think that independent travel training would be very helpful in helping their family get their child or young person to school/college, 28% think that independent travel training would be quite helpful, 12% think that independent travel training would not be very helpful, and 32% think that independent travel training would not be at all helpful.