Statutory guidance for local authorities on supplying transport to students and trainees aged 16 to 18.


Post-16 transport to education and training

Ref: DFE-00022-2019PDF, 458KB, 42 pages


This statutory guidance is for local authorities.

It applies to all post-16 students or trainees attending:

  • a school
  • a further education institution
  • an authority maintained or assisted institution providing higher or further education
  • an establishment funded directly by the Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • a learning provider that is funded by the local authority to deliver accredited programmes of learning (including colleges, charities and private learning providers)
  • a place of work or apprenticeship

Statutory guidance sets out what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.

Published 5 February 2014
Last updated 28 January 2019 + show all updates

  1. There have been no changes to policy or legislation. Updated guidance about transport for all post-16 students and students with SEND, older students and those in rural areas. Included good practice suggestions and department compliance checks. Added a local authority transport policy template and section on sustainable transport.
  2. Updated and revised version of the ‘Post-16 transport to education and training’ statutory guidance for local authorities.
  3. First published.