Home to School travel and transport Training and Equalities

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Dear East Sussex County Council,

The Department of Education updated its Statutory guidance on Home
to school travel and transport for local authorities in July 2014.

Please provide all information on what the council has undertaken
to meet its duties under s44 Training and Equalities, as given
below. Please include types of training, training materials, types
of personnel required to undergo training, and training undertaken.

S44 Training and Equalities
All local authorities should ensure that all drivers and escorts
taking pupils to and from school and related services have undertaken appropriate training, and that this is kept up to date. It is also considered good practice for those responsible for planning and managing school transport to have undertaken appropriate equality training. This training could
consist of (but is not restricted to):
• an awareness of different types of disability including hidden
disabilities;
• an awareness of what constitutes discrimination;
• training in the necessary skills to recognise, support and manage
pupils with different types of disabilities, including hidden disabilities and
certain behavior that may be associated with such disabilities;
• training in the skills necessary to communicate appropriately
with pupils with all types of different disabilities, including the hidden disabilities; and
• training in the implementation of health care protocols to cover
emergency procedures.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Selena Southall

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear Ms Southall

 

FOI Request ref:  5136 / Home to School travel and transport Training and
Equalities

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above. Your request
was received on 10/2/2015 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Jeremy Coleman

Customer Information Officer

East Sussex County Council

Communities Economy and Transport Directorate

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913

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Dear Ms Southall

 

FOI Request ref:  5136 / Home to School travel and transport Training and
Equalities

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above, which has been
dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your
request and our response are set out below. Please note that any
information we provide is subject to the copyright and reuse of
information terms and conditions set out at the bottom of this email.

 

REQUEST

 

The Department of Education updated its Statutory guidance on Home to
school travel and transport for local authorities in July 2014.

 

Please provide all information on what the council has undertaken to meet
its duties under s44 Training and Equalities, as given below. Please
include types of training, training materials, types of personnel required
to undergo training, and training undertaken.

 

S44 Training and Equalities

All local authorities should ensure that all drivers and escorts taking
pupils to and from school and related services have undertaken appropriate
training, and that this is kept up to date. It is also considered good
practice for those responsible for planning and managing school transport
to have undertaken appropriate equality training. This training could
consist of (but is not restricted to):

• an awareness of different types of disability including hidden
disabilities; • an awareness of what constitutes discrimination; •
training in the necessary skills to recognise, support and manage pupils
with different types of disabilities, including hidden disabilities and
certain behavior that may be associated with such disabilities; • training
in the skills necessary to communicate appropriately with pupils with all
types of different disabilities, including the hidden disabilities; and •
training in the implementation of health care protocols to cover emergency
procedures.

 

RESPONSE

 

1.       Attached is the driver/escort handbook for all crews transporting
children/students to a special school/college or unit within a mainstream
school/college.

2.       Where a child has an identified medical need and this may need to
be dealt with on board transport the crew (including backup) are
specifically trained to meet the needs. This is undertaken by the ESCC
nominated training company, the crews are assessed and refreshers
undertaken as required.

3.       Schools in partnership with ESCC also undertake training in
specialist areas such as autism, Makaton and managing behaviours. This is
recorded on the training records for those attending. More recently
attendance has been made mandatory for all crews transport
children/students.

4.       All ESCC staff are required to undertake the online training in
equalities and diversity.

 

 

I hope that this answers your enquiry. If you believe that the County
Council has not complied with the FOI Act in responding to your request,
you may ask for an internal review. If you wish to do so, please set out
the grounds of your appeal in writing to:

 

Philip Baker, Assistant Chief Executive, East Sussex County Council,
County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, East Sussex. BN7 1UE.

or by email to him at [1][email address]

 

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unless you have exhausted the County Council’s internal review procedure
as described in the previous paragraph. The Commissioner can be contacted
at: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Tel: 0303 123 1113.  [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jeremy Coleman

Customer Information Officer

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913

email: [3][East Sussex County Council request email]   web: [4]www.eastsussex.gov.uk/foi

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relevant legislation.

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