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Transport for 16-19 year olds

The 16-19 Bursary Fund

A key priority of the Government is to close the gap in attainment between those from poorer and more affluent backgrounds and to ensure every young person participates in and benefits from a place in 16-19 education and training. The Government provides funding to tackle disadvantage both through the Education Funding Agency’s (EFA) funding formula and through the £180 million 16-19 Bursary Fund to help young people meet the costs of participating in education and training post-16. 2017/1 will be the seventh year of the 16-19 Bursary Fund. The scheme is made up of two elements:

  1. Guaranteed bursaries of £1,200 a year will be paid to the most vulnerable groups. This includes:
    • Young people in Care
    • Care Leavers
    • Young people claiming Income Support or Universal Credit
    • Disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence payment)
  2. The rest of the fund is awarded on a discretionary basis by education institutions. Institutions decide how to use this funding and can award discretionary bursaries to a student that is facing genuine financial barriers to participation.  Institutions set their own eligibility criteria, decide on how much is paid, and they set their own conditions for students to meet in order to receive a bursary, for example, linked to behaviour or attendance. 

To find out if you are eligible for a bursary please contact your school or college.


Our 16+ free travel scheme

We provide a 16+ free travel scheme for students who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and who meet the eligibility criteria for the scheme and are aged between 16 and 18 on 1 September.  All other students will need to make their own travel arrangements to get to their chosen school/college.  For those students staying on (i.e. moving up) to school 6th form/year 12, a paid-for place may be available on existing Council contracted transport services and you should apply for a place using the application form detailed on the paid-for school transport webpage.

You can join this scheme if you meet all of these criteria:

  • You have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and
  • You live in Buckinghamshire and
  • You were born after 31 August 1998 and before 1 September 2001 and
  • You live more than 3 miles walking distance from your chosen school or college and
  • You will be undertaking a full-time further education course (or a similar course as deemed by the Local Authority) of at least 16 hours per week and
  • You will be attending your nearest school or college (for travel purposes) that provides the further education course required and
  • You are progressing to the next level of further education from the level of course you completed last year (students re-taking or studying GCSEs only will not be entitled to this travel scheme)


You cannot join the scheme if:

  • You do not meet all of the above criteria
  • You will be undertaking a higher-education course
  • A similar (but not necessarily identical) course is available at a school/college which is nearer and/or more appropriate to travel to
  • Eligibility for the 16+ free travel scheme is determined by the SEN Team and you will be informed of entitlement directly by the SEN Officer.


How to apply for paid-for school transport

Find further information and complete the form online.

Paid-for school transport form



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