Oystercard 16+

16+ Oystercard: Home Education

A 16+ Oyster photocard gives free travel on buses and trams as well as reduced rates on Tube, DLR, London Overground and some National Rail services until the week before the young person's 19th birthday.

To be eligible for free bus and tram travel, the young person must be in full-time education and live in a London borough. Home education is a valid form of participation. Full time education is defined as "at least 12 hours of guided learning per week between 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday." See http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/14308.aspx

Home educating parents have successfully navigated the process as follows.

The Oystercard helpline will say you need stamped verification of educational status. However, what you can do is to take the application form to a post office and explain that your child doesn't go to school because he/she is in full-time home education. Show the post office counter clerk a letter from Tax Credits or Child Benefit which confirms that the young person is in full-time education. You will also need proof of address such as a utility bill and a colour digital photo of the young person.

Put "home educated" where it asks for place of education. The parent signs it and in the space reserved for a stamp, put that your son/daughter continues to be home educated and AND that home education is recognised as providing full-time education. You may wish to cite government guidance for the raising of the participation age: via http://edyourself.org/articles/leavingage.php

The post office should process the application over the counter. If you are refused at one post office, try another. If you are politely insistent and state that TfL recognises home education is full time education, you should be successful. If you run into difficulties, please consider contacting your local councillors and MP. If you have time, I'd be grateful if you could use the contact form to let me know how you get on.


Link Reference

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  1. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/14308.aspx http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/14308.aspx
  2. http://edyourself.org/articles/leavingage.php http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/p/participation%20of%20young%20people%20-%20statutory
    %20guidance%20-%20annex%201%20defining%20participation_001.pdf
  3. the contact form http://edyourself.org/contact/