Ask Jennie: Our new Home to School Transport Blog

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Did you know that 365 Response has a resident Subject Matter Expert for Home to School Transport? Jennie Lucas has considerable personal and professional experience with working to improve support for those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). With that in mind, we wanted to share Jennie’s knowledge and experience in the form of our new Home to School Transport blog, because we believe that everyone deserves the support that they need to live life to the full, without barriers that can arise due to lack of access to sufficient transport or wellbeing solutions.

The first message from Jennie:

Welcome to the first 365 Response blog about all things Home to School Transport, including SEND. The world of Home to School transport (H2S) is one that has a huge impact on a variety of people and services. When it is done right, it can be an amazing experience and enhance lives and learners, however when it isn’t, then the impact can be huge.

A little about me and why I love what I do working in the world of transport

As a young carer for my father I have always been very aware of the complexities around disabilities and how the right mode of transport can really enhance someone’s life, not only for the person with the disabilities but also their family and friends. Getting transport and the mode of transport correct, we really can enable young people, adults and their families to help them access the education and opportunities that will help them reach their full potential.

I have worked in this area for many years and with multiple Local Authorities and since the changes from Statements to EHCPs in most areas of the UK in September 2014, the impact on Local Authorities and families has been huge. Legislation for H2S transport has not kept up, and this has left big gaps between Local Authorities and what services they provide.

Being able to access education is the right of all children and young people around the world and in the UK. For many with additional needs this can be a challenge, but when Local Authorities and education providers work collaboratively, the results can be not only a highly efficient service but also better quality of life for all.

In the coming months, I will be sharing the latest news and updates from the Department for Education and others, such as how Covid-19 has impacted H2S as well as what work is being done on a Government and local level to get this service right for all.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch please do at jennie.lucas@365 response.org