Transport Toolkit

Welcome to our Transport Toolkit, which we hope that teachers, governors, parents and diocesan officials will find useful as they campaign against cuts to discretionary subsidies for transport to Catholic schools.

In this section of our website you will find some background information about the cuts which have taken place across many local authorities in the last year and some resources to help your campaign, including advice about who to ask for support and tips on gaining media coverage.

We would welcome any feedback, particularly if you have successfully run a campaign to encourage a local authority to reverse its decision to cut discretionary subsidies for transport to Catholic schools. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Good luck with your campaign!

Download the Transport Toolkit for English Schools

Download the Transport Toolkit for Welsh Schools

Press Release Template

The following template wil help you to write a press release.

Gaining media coverage

One important aspect of your campaign will be the media coverage. This helps you to spread your message to a wider audience and can be a way of encouraging the local community to rally round and support your campaign.

Here are some tips to get you started

How Do I Get In Touch With My MP?

The Parliament website has a ‘Find your MP’ section where you can enter your postcode and it will tell you who your local MP is and how to contact them.

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Running a Successful Campaign

This guide will take you through the different stages that should help you to win the campaign.

Some background legal information

The following general legal advice will help you to build your arguments.

Why Should Councils Continue to Fund Transport Costs?

Arguments in favour of retaining discretionary subsidies for transport to Catholic schools are listed below.

A Brief Overview

Historically, schools with a religious character have been established in places where there was a local need for them. Typically a Catholic school was situated in its present location with the agreement of the local Education Authority at the time it was established in an urban area to draw from a wider catchment area based on parish boundaries.