School Transport Scheme Review

The Department of Education is in the process of conducting a review of the School Transport Scheme. The review began in February 2021 and encompasses the School Transport Scheme for Children with Special Educational Needs and the Primary and Post-Primary School Transport Schemes.

The review is being conducted with a view to examining the current scheme, its broader effectiveness, and sustainability and to ensure that it serves students and their families adequately. The review will also examine the potential for integration of different strands of the scheme and a more co-ordinated approach with other Government Departments that also use transport services. It will also consider issues such as climate action, rural development, and promoting where possible initiatives that encourage walking and cycling to school.

As part of the review, the Department will be listening to the views of parents and guardians, students, the education partners, and other relevant stakeholders. It will use surveys, focus groups, and meetings, as well as inviting written submissions. As a first step, the Department wants to hear the views of parents, guardians, and post-primary students themselves.

The survey for parents/guardians.

The survey for post-primary students.

You are asked to complete the survey by February 10th, 2022.

#HaveYourSay: the Department wants to hear your views and opinions so that they may be considered in informing policy on the future operation of the school transport scheme.