Schools: Transport

Department for Education written question – answered on 29th March 2017.

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Photo of Peter Aldous Peter Aldous Conservative, Waveney

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government plans to hold a consultation on proposals to extend free transport to students studying at selective schools.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Our ‘Schools that Work for Everyone’ consultation included proposals on how we might remove barriers to poorer households considering selective education by providing financial support for transport and uniforms. We are currently analysing all responses to the consultation and expect to publish our response in the spring. The Chancellor also announced, in his budget statement of 8 March, additional funding for ‘extended rights’ to free transport to selective schools for pupils from low income families. Once our proposals are agreed they will be included in our transport guidance for schools and local authorities on which we will consult.

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