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Ymddiheurwn am unrhyw anghyfleustra. I gael rhagor o wybodaeth, croeso ichi gysylltu â ni.
Contracted transport from home to school/college is provided for all learners living within Rhondda Cynon Taf who live more than 2 miles from the nearest school or college where the course that they wish to study is offered.
Transport is not normally from each individual learner’s home but from approved pick up points on main transport routes. (Where a learner lives at a remote address, exceptional arrangements may be made for a connecting taxi to be provided between the home and pick up point).
There are no costs to learners who meet the 2-mile eligibility criterion who enrol for study courses at the nearest learning provider offering the appropriate course. Learners within the 2-mile distance are expected to make their own travel arrangements.
Learners who wish to pursue a study course other than at the nearest school/college at which the relevant course is available will be responsible for their own transport arrangements.
Learners with Disabilities and/Or Learning Difficulties
Learners with mobility problems and/or learning difficulties, whether or not as a consequence of a severe medical problem, should be entitled to assistance with transport from home to an appropriate school/college irrespective of distance. Such provision is subject to referral to, and approval by, the LEA’s Access and Inclusion Service. Any referrals for learners who do not have statements of Special Educational Needs must be supported by medical evidence.
Additional Support For Learners With Disabilities And/Or Learning Difficulties
Learning providers offer a range of mobility/independence training and support in line with the assessed needs of individual learners (e.g. Coleg Morgannwg have Vocational Access Support Workers; the special and secondary schools in the County Borough, supported by specialist staff from the LEA’s Access & Inclusion service, provide systematic training and support to meet the needs of their learners).
All transport provided for learners with disabilities and/or learning difficulties includes an escort, if specified by the appropriate learning provider.
There is no means testing to assess whether or not a learner is eligible for the provision of transport. The only eligibility criterion is the 2-mile qualifying distance (other than learners with disabilities and/or learning difficulties).
Other Forms of Assistance
Where contract buses operate below vehicle capacity, spare seats may be available to learners who are not eligible for free transport at a current charge of £30 per term for learners in further education.
In many parts of the County Borough learning providers operate consortia arrangements for post-16 provision. In these circumstances learners remain enrolled at their existing schools and are transported to partner learning providers free of charge.
Some learning providers operate, or contract, their own transport provision – in addition to that which is legally required – for which a charge is made.
In some exceptional cases, where no other arrangements are viable or cost effective, petrol costs may be reimbursed.
Careers Wales may be able to offer assistance to clients in its Youth Gateway programme if transport is a barrier to accessing education, employment or training. Such provision is assessed on an individual needs basis.
The Welsh Assembly Government’s Department for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DELLS) may provide financial assistance to support the travel costs of persons in work-based learning settings.
Applying For Assistance with Transport
There is no formal ‘application’ process for learners themselves. Schools/colleges formally provide the Council with details of learners who require transport in accordance with agreed policies and eligibility criteria. Bus passes are then provided to all eligible learners along with information packs including travel times, pick up and drop off points etc.
Learners Who Reach 19 Whilst Continuing On A Course
Transport is made available for all eligible learners until the end of the academic year in which they attain their 19th birthday. Travel arrangements in respect of any subsequent attendance are at the discretion of the learning provider.
Support for Transport to Learners Studying Outside Rhondda Cynon Taf
Contract buses or season tickets for rail or commercial bus services are provided free for learners who are accepted for courses of study that are not offered at schools/colleges within Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Help For Learners Attending Study Courses Beyond Daily Travelling Distance
If a learner pursues a course of studies at a learning provider beyond daily travelling distance as a result of no comparable course being available closer to the learner’s home, any assistance for travelling provision (including reimbursement of petrol costs) is considered on the individual circumstances of each learner.
Quality Assurance and Complaints Procedures
All vehicles will be available for random checks by the Traffic Commissioners or other appropriate body, when required. The council will, on unspecified days, undertake random checks on contracts, to ensure that the contracts are being complied with, and in a manner acceptable to the Council. As a part of the monitoring exercise, performance indicators will be built into the contracts. These will, among others, relate to punctuality and client satisfaction.
Any complaints received by the Council from learners concerning services or vehicles will be immediately investigated. In the event of the complaint being upheld, the necessary and appropriate steps will be taken in accordance with the contract or as a matter of priority.
Where, as part of a course of study, learners follow a work experience placement they are normally required to make their own transport arrangements. Where such arrangements are arranged through Careers Wales, or if a learner faces particular difficulties accessing a work experience placement, transport costs may be reimbursed by the learning provider.
School staff and Governors have been consulted on this policy as part of the Authority’s statutory annual consultation on the council’s admission policy and arrangements.
Similarly, voluntary aided schools and neighbouring local authorities have also been consulted (via the Rhondda Cynon Taf Admissions Forum) as part of those consultation arrangements.
The Rhondda Cynon Taf Governors Association and Coleg Morgannwg have also been consulted, separately and specifically, on the development of this policy.
Points of Contact For Learners Seeking Transport Support
Rhondda Cynon Taf Education & Lifelong Learning Directorate
Graham Thomas (01443 744041)
Cynon Taf Environmental Services Group (Integrated Transport Unit)
by e mailing for Mainstream schools firstname.lastname@example.org
or e mailing for SEN schools email@example.com
by telephone on 01443 494700
by post to the Integrated Transport Unit, Sardis House, Sardis Road, Pontypridd, CF37 1DU
Student Services (01443 662800)
Bro Dysg (Rhondda Cynon Taf Community Consortium for Education & Training)
Julia Carvell (01443 744000)
University of Glamorgan
Student Services (01443 480480)
Other Sources of Information
LEA – ‘Starting School’ Booklet
Rhondda Cynon Taf Ednet website (www.rctednet.net)
Careers advice information
Corporate Transport Unit – (01443 494700)
Traveline Cymru (www.traveline-cymru.org.uk)
Bus companies - Contact details available from Rhondda Cynon Taf Integrated Transport Unit (01443 494700)
The provisions of the policy apply, for the most part, to learners pursuing courses of study at the Authority’s 19 secondary schools, 4 special schools and at Coleg Morgannwg.
Transport is also provided to eligible learners attending courses of study outside the County Borough where such attendance is consistent with the LEA’s admission policy (Pencoed Comprehensive School for students living in Dolau, Llanharan and Brynna).
Learners residing in Rhondda Cynon Taf who attend the Bishop Hedley Roman Catholic High School, (Merthyr Tydfil), the Bishop of Llandaff Church in Wales High School, (Cardiff) and St David’s Roman Catholic Sixth Form College, (Cardiff) also receive transport in accordance with the Authority’s policy.
Free transport is not generally available to students who choose to attend courses outside Rhondda Cynon Taf unless the course that the learner wishes to study is not available within the County Borough or the location at which the course is available is closer to the learner’s home than the alternative location of the Coleg Morgannwg campus at which the course is available.
At present, contract transport provision is made for learners to access such courses at the Merthyr Tydfil, Ystrad Mynach, Bridgend and Pencoed Colleges.
Transport (season tickets for use on commercial bus or rail routes) is also available for learners pursuing study courses of a specialist nature that are not available within Rhondda Cynon Taf (e.g. the NVQ courses in Aeronautical Engineering at Barry Further Education College.)