Free school transport for sixth form students.
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Free school transport is provided by Devon County Council for eligible students of mandatory school age. This is up to 16 only. Sixth form students attending Kingsbridge are charged approximately £500 a year for a bus pass. If they attend vocational courses at South Devon College, they get a free bus pass. If they choose an apprenticeship, they will be earning to fund their transport. Only those students continuing with the academic route at KCC are financially penalised. Final year students may choose to drive to school instead of paying £500. A scheme that favours individual car transport on our busy roads over group public transport is surely madness. The government has made some form of further education or employment compulsory. It will no longer pay 16-18 year olds unemployment benefit and has stopped the EMA scheme. It has taken with hand, and is also taking with the other. Increase the mandatory school age to 18 and give our students free transport until they finish school.
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