Innovation Exchange

School Transport

Introduction

Key activities

Benefits and impacts

Learning

Further Information

East Ayrshire Council has implemented changes to the distance entitlement in relation to school transport.  Our approach retains provision beyond statutory minimum levels and targets assistance to those pupils that are in greatest need.

 

 

Theme: Children and Education

Rather than simply applying the statutory minimum provision, an innovative approach has been adopted with a minimum distance provision of 1½ miles for primary pupils, and 3 miles for secondary pupils, coupled with a subsidised transport service for secondary pupils travelling between 1½ and 3 miles.  This allows parents the option to pay a fixed fee for travel, and depending on individual circumstances, a discount / exemption scheme is in place.  This provides discounted travel for those in receipt of free school meals and to families with more than one child requiring transport.

 

Free school meal entitlement results in a 100% discount, while multiple children at the same address receive a 50% discount for the second child with any further children receiving a 100% discount.  Fees can be paid by a variety of methods including instalments over the 10 month school year.

School transport provision has been retained at a level beyond the statutory minimum with assistance in place for those in greatest need.  A saving of £0.350m has been achieved and income targets are being met, by implementing this approach, with the marginal cost of providing the subsidised service covered by the additional charges levied.

Rather than simply applying the statutory minimum provision, an innovative approach has been adopted which has ensured that school transport provision has been retained at a level beyond the statutory minimum.

 

All Schools have a School Travel Plan and the key objectives of a successful School Travel Plan are:

  1. Increase the number of children walking or cycling to school in safety;
  2. Promote education, training and awareness of road safety issues; and
  3. Improve traffic management arrangements to reduce traffic congestion and associated pollution.

 

A range of activity supporting Road Safety Education in schools continues to be supported with the introduction of 20 mile per hour zones around schools, the introduction of Traffic Orders to make all School Keep Clear markings legally enforceable, continue to invest in road safety improvements across the road network.

Contact details:

To find out more about this case study, please contact:

 

Andrew Kennedy

Head of Facilities and Property Management

East Ayrshire Council

01563 576089

Case study added to site: September 2016

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