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Dudley Council provides education travel support for eligible children and young people up to the age of 25.

Travel support can come in a variety of forms including travel training, bus pass, personal allowance or other direct transport, as appropriate to individual pupils' needs as determined by Dudley Council.

COVID–19 Travel Support Information

The check sheets are extremely important, and are an instruction – we must do them for every child, every day. They are designed to keep all safe – Your staff, the children on transport and at the school, the school staff, and everybody’s family at home.

Whilst this may seem strange at first, we will all soon get into the habit and all will realise we are doing this for everybody’s benefit.

If a parent /carer is not able to answer NO to all the questions, then we can’t transport.

COVID-19 Arriving or leaving School or College

Where your child uses dedicated school or college transport (that is transport that does not cater for the general public), the guidance for public transport will not apply. Your child may be asked to use a regular seating plan on this transport (to reflect where possible the bubbles that are used within school), and measures will be put in place to ensure vehicles are cleaned regularly and boarding is managed.

Home-to-School Transport

All applications for home-to-school travel support are considered on an individual basis. 


Home-to-school travel support is considered only for pupils of statutory school age residing in Dudley (from the term after the pupil's fifth birthday up to the end of Year 11) who:

  • are under eight years of age and live two miles or more from the school or
  • are eight years of age and over and live three miles or more from the school or
  • qualify under an income based assessment and live more than 2 miles from the nearest available primary school or
  • qualify under an income based assessment and live more than 2 but less than 6 miles from any one of the 3 nearest secondary schools or
  • qualify under an income based assessment and live more than 2 but less than 15 miles from the nearest appropriate school chosen on the grounds of faith or belief.

N.B. Ages are taken at 1st September in each school year.

Further information

  • Distance is measured by the shortest available walking route over public rights of way to the nearest relevant phase school (that is, primary or secondary, as appropriate to the age of the pupil) which has a vacant place.
  • For all applications not made under an income based assessment free home-to-school travel support is provided to the nearest phase school with a vacant place and not necessarily the school preferred by parents. The nearest phase school may be maintained by another Council. Free home to school transport is generally only provided where the distance criteria are met.

The home to school policy has recently been updated.  Although the basic criteria for provision of transport is mostly the same, this has been done to clarify the policy and to make it easier to use and understand.

From September all new routes will be in place and children who receive home to school transport may see a small change to their service.

The previous framework had expired and we are legally required to re-tender for transport providers. We will continue to work closely with parents, carers, schools and transport providers to ensure transport is effective and efficient.

For more information for parents and carers please view the frequently asked questions document below or contact Dudley Council Plus.

Independent Travel Training Scheme

Trains young people who are transported into schools and colleges by council provided taxi/minibus, to become independent travellers. In the main, this is done using public transport, but if a young person wishes to undertake their chosen journey by bicycle, our trainers can also deliver cycle training.  It is coordinated by Dudley MBC’s Road Safety and Travel Awareness team in partnership with Children’s Services Transport Team, and the Connexions Team.

Do I qualify?

The majority of young people on the scheme have some form of disability or special needs. This may be a learning or physical disability that prevents them from having the skills to travel independently. Some of the children have no experience of being allowed out on their own, or may just require a limited number of bus familiarisation sessions.

To qualify for travel assistance:

• you must be a permanent resident of Dudley MBC 
• if aged up to 8 years, you must live 2 miles or more from the nearest appropriate school via the shortest available walking route 
• if aged 8 to 16, you must live 3 miles or more from the nearest appropriate school via the shortest available walking route
• The nearest appropriate school is the closest school within the catchment area to your home address, which is appropriate to your child's age and which has room in the year group at stated with Dudley School Admission Policy.

For further information on travel for Disabled persons please visit the website.

What to expect

  • Our trainers do an initial assessment with all new clients to ascertain individual needs of the young person, and then tailor the training to suit.
  • When a young person begins their training, they are registered with the NOCN, and issued with a course booklet which they work through as they are training.
  • The booklet is verified internally, and is then verified externally by the NOCN who then issue the award in due course to the successful candidate. 

Training Qualification

Our Road Safety and Travel Awareness team are able to offer young people undertaking a course, the opportunity to gain a qualification. The accredited course we have written is called 'Working Towards Independent Travel' and is an Entry Level 1 course worth six credits.