Agenda

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No. Item

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Introduction and Welcome

2.

Election of Chairman for the 2018/19 Council Year

3.

Election of Deputy Chairman for the 2018/19 Council Year

4.

Apologies for Absence and Temporary Appointments

5.

Declarations of Interest - see guidance note of the back page

6.

Petitions and Public Address

7.

The Proposed Home to School Travel and Transport Policy pdf icon PDF 222 KB

Report by Director for Children, Education and Families (ESC7)

 

On the 19 June 2018, the Cabinet will consider and determine a Home to School Transport Policy for Oxfordshire.  The Education Committee has requested that it consider the report prior to Cabinet. 

 

The Council has proposed and consulted upon a number of changes to its home to school transport policies applying to post-16 students and to those of statutory school age and these are outlined in the Cabinet report.

 

Oxfordshire County Council’s current Home to School Transport Policy is more generous than the law requires for Post-16 students who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and for Post 16mainstream students who attend Henley College. Unfortunately, given the continuing pressure on public finances, the Council now needs to critically consider whether it should continue to maintain spending on this non-statutory assistance for these groups of post16 students. The main proposals include ending automatic free travel for most Post-16 SEND students attending their nearest suitable placement if that placement is over 3 miles away, ending Post-16 subsidised transport to Henley College, clearly specifying when free travel will be provided to alternative education providers and specifying charges for the “Spare Seat” Scheme (formerly known as the Concessionary Travel Scheme) for the years 2018/19 to 2022/23. In addition, as part of Oxfordshire County Council’s commitment to the Military Covenant we also consulted on whether to continue for a further year the current time limited free travel arrangements for those students who are resident at RAF Benson (the need for which is linked to the lack of sufficient places the nearest school, Wallingford School) the nearest school to RAF Benson.

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The Education Scrutiny Committee is RECOMMENDED to consider the and comment upon the report prior to its consideration by Cabinet.

 

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