Special educational needs and disability (SEND)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-01-17
Session date: 
January 17, 2019
Reference: 
2019/0279
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In the Education Panel’s report, Together, on how better to support children and young people with SEND we noted how, given the continual pressure on local authority budgets, more children with SEND are expected to use public transport to go to school. Our report recommend funding “bus days” where young people with SEND and their parents could meet with bus drivers and managers to get to know each other and to develop a shared understanding of each others needs so that journeys could go smoothly. You welcomed this proposal and said that you would ask TfL to look into the possibility of work with user groups along these lines. Have TfL been able to make any progress on this issue?    

Answer

Special educational needs and disability (SEND)

Special educational needs and disability (SEND)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) is committed to enabling more children with Special Educational Needs (SEND) to use London’s transport network. They provide a range of support including one-to-one accompanied trips, groups ‘bus days’, classroom sessions, and outreach work with local authorities, schools and colleges to ensure disabled young people can get around.

Last year TfL held 71 ‘bus days’ with 3,280 service users. TfL’s ‘bus days’ are open to SEND pupils from year 6 upwards, as well as disabled adults. Children taking part have the opportunity to interact with bus drivers, and revenue inspectors, and find out about safe and accessible travel in a controlled environment.

TfL work closely with organisations like Whizz-Kidz, Royal Society for Blind Children and Muscular Dystrophy UK, to ensure young people’s views are represented in their accessibility programme. This includes how bus drivers are trained to meet their specific needs.