PARENTS and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are being invited to share their experiences of school transport at a Dorset Council event in the new year.

The council says it wants to work with families to improve SEND transport across the county.

Education cabinet member Cllr Andrew Parry said: “We want to hear from parents who have a child with SEND and is currently using, or has recent experience of, school transport.

"We’d like to chat to families about what’s working well, what isn’t and what they’d like to see from us in the future.

"We’d also like to invite families to work with us to find solutions to some of the problems, so we can improve SEND travel for children and young people.”

There are a number of ways the council currently supports a child to get to and from school, including:

  • home-to-school transport
  • travel passes for public transport
  • payment of a personal travel budget, where families use money to choose how their child gets to school
  • independent training to support pupils to use public transport or travel independently

The event is scheduled for on Tuesday, January 14, from 7-8:30pm in the committee suite at South Walks House, Dorchester.

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