Challenging a blanket policy that led to a learning disabled girl being unable to get to school A local authority had a policy of providing school transport for children with special educational needs living more than 3 miles from their school. Sarah, a young learning disabled girl lived 2.8 miles from the special school she attended. Despite being unable to travel on her own, she was advised by the local authority that she should instead take two buses to and from school each day. An independent advocate who had attended a BIHR training session supported Sarah’s mum to challenge the decision using human rights language. Sarah’s mum approached the head of the school and explained that the transport decision was a disproportionate interference with her daughter’s right to respect for private life (Article 8), given the failure to consider her individual circumstances. The head teacher took the issue to the local authority, and the decision was reversed. Sarah was provided with transport to and from school from then on, making a real difference to her life.