SEND Home to School Transport: Useful Resources

The following resources have been jointly produced by members of the Essex Family Forum and the Edith Borthwick School, in response to feedback from parents about SEND home to school transport.

* Please note that some of these documents do not open very well on mobile phones. They are best viewed on a desktop or laptop. If you have any issues opening any of these documents, or would like printable versions, your child’s school will be able to help you in the first instance. Alternatively, you can email us at Essex.LocalOffer@essex.gov.uk and someone from the team will contact you.

SEND Transport video

This video provides information about SEND transport to parents carers and covers the following topics:

  • how to apply
  • travel options
  • travel allowance
  • travel training
  • shared vehicle transport (provided by license transport providers such as a taxi or a minibus).
  • passenger assistance
  • settling in and route planning
  • pick up and drop off guidance
  • journey times
  • changes that may occur
  • behavioural support
  • parental concerns

The video can also be viewed with children and young people to support their understanding.
Click here to watch our helpful video and Click here to download the video transcript

Fact Sheets

These fact sheets offer general information and can be printed and given to your taxi driver or transport provider.

Sensory Processing Handout
ASD Facts Handouts
Communication Facts Handout

Cards and Profiles

These documents offer specific information about your child or young person including individual needs, likes and dislikes. They can be printed and provided to professionals such as your child’s taxi driver and personal assistant.

  • About Me cards (this document can be edited for personal use)
    About me cards are useful cards that can be attached to a lanyard or a key ring, and contain key information about your child or young person. You may wish to include specific medical information and preferred ways to communicate.
  • About Me cards visual example
    This is a visual of some ‘About Me’ cards which have been attached to a key ring.
  • One Page Profile template
    One page profiles provide a simple summary of what is important to your child or young person, and how they want to be supported.

Communication Stories

A communication story is a simple story that details a specific situation in text, picture format, or a combination of both, to aid a child or young person’s learning. Often, a communication story will need to be repeated and retold to a child or young person to enable their understanding, depending on their needs.

Below is a number of communication stories that can edited and personalised to support your child or young person’s understanding of shared transport (for example school taxi or minibus). The stories have been written at 3 levels:

1. Informal: for children and young people who have little to no understanding of language.
2. Semi Formal: for children and young people who have some understanding of language.
3. Formal: for children and young people who have some a solid understanding of language

Some of the communication stories also explain changes that may happen such as new driver, a change of route, traffic, or noises on the vehicle.

Getting to school social story 1:informal
(this document can be edited for personal use)

Getting to school social story 2: semi formal
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Getting to school social story 2: semi formal
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Getting to school social story 3: formal
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Getting to school social story 3: formal
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*The information and resources provided are for general guidance only. They do not in any way represent or imply a recommendation or endorsement of any service or provider by the Council. Users of the site are responsible themselves for ensuring that such services or providers are suited to their needs.

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